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F O O D & D R I N KSpring in your stepTHE GINTLEMAN, THE MIDLANDS’ LEADING RACONTEUR AT HOUSE PARTIES AND VENUES ACROSSBIRMINGHAM, GETS IN THE MOOD FOR SPRING WITH SOME EXCITING GIN DEVELOPMENTSCHERRY blossoms or Sakura ( 桜 ) to give themtheir Japanese name are the symbolic bloomingbarometer signifying spring. A mild spring willsee them bloom in early March and they aretraditionally seen as offering hope, beauty and newlife. The trees by the Birmingham’s Ikon galleryare a wonder, or ‘Yozakura’, when viewed at night.Don’t expect a cherry flavour though; why not go allout to celebrate their arrival with a Ginology CherryBlossom Gin Copa glass, Kokomo Cherry BlossomGin liqueur and Thomas Henry Cherry Blossomtonic with fresh blossoms as garnish.Another seasonal tradition in a sparse fruit andcitrus pantry after blood oranges say their farewell isrhubarb. Helping to redefine the flavoured gin andcoloured drinking landscape, most gin companieswill have a rhubarb expression; however, why notthink outside the box as to how to flavour-match itwith tonic or the crowd-pleasing ginger ale/beeror Raspberry Crabbies. For those of you wantinga quick tuck shop treat, mix with Advocaat for aninstant rhubarb and custard. Additional flavourmatches to try are honey, rosemary, pink pepper,TANQUERAY TEN HAVE LAUNCHEDA NEW CITRUS EXPRESSIONEXCLUSIVE TO TRAVEL RETAILCELEBRATE CHERRY BLOSSOMSEASON WITH THE PRETTY GINCOPA GLASS FROM GINOLOGYchilli, cinnamon, apple juice and goats’ cheese.In terms of the G&T, Bombay Sapphire have finallyjoined the train journey ‘gin in a tin’ ready-to-drinkrevolution.The mothers and fathers of the modern‘ginaissance’ Martin Millers and Hendricks,along with Tanqueray TEN, have been busyevolving. While Millers marginalised itselfin recent years with aged whiskey style oakaged gin statements, all round Victorianainspiredoddballs Hendricks have continuedwith their own unique marketing approach,recently launching Lunar as its latest creativeexpression.If you’re lucky enough to be passing throughglobal travel retail for your spring break(and I don’t mean Cancun!) at Heathrow,Dubai or Madrid among others, pay closeattention to the Art Deco cocktail shakerbottle ginspired signature green brandingof the aforementioned Tanqueray TEN,as for the first time it has a brand newexpression the Citrus Heart Edition (45.3%ABV). Currently available as a one-litrebottle, it features the fresh, sweet and juicy26

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