World wide gin is huge. According to the market research firm Euromonitor, global gin volume jumped nearly 15 percent between 2011 and 2016, reaching 632.2 million liters in 2016. According to Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA), the UK alone, exported £474 million worth of gin in 2016 and the figures is expected to hit £500m before the end of 2017.
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These past couple of weekend I have been testing a lot of whisky and cheese pairings again. After the craziness that was June and July, weekends have slowed down and lefts some space for experimenting. Sitting back, grabbing a few whiskies, opening up some interesting cheese and in general just relaxing a bit. I tried a goats cheese and bourbon pairings, but that elicited a rather negative response from John.
Canada celebrated their 150 year anniversary on the 1st of July. I was fortunate to be in Canada during this celebrations and it was special to raise a glass (or 2) in celebration. One of the glasses we raised was filled with JP Wiser’s Deluxe. I spent quit a bit of time rummaging through Canadian liquor stores during our trip. It was very interesting to see all the flavored whiskies available. Flavoured whisky is not really available in SA. The occasional JD Honey, but nothing as exotic as what I found in Canada.