Gin was born around 1689. The earliest known food pairing occurred in 1731 which was with gingerbread! After Sir Francis Chichester became the first man to successfully circumnavigate the world solo in a sailboat in 1967, he credited his success to a daily glass of pink gin (gin, Angostura bitters and cold water), and said the saddest day was when the gin ran out! In 1721, Britain consumed 3.5 million gallons of gin. In 2016, according to the Wine & Spirits Trade Association, 6.2 million gallons were consumed in the UK, the equivalent of 40 million bottles which equates to 1.12 billion gin & tonics. Hence why we've launched our gin mustard, the gin renaissance has well & truly taken off!
PACK A PUNCH PORT
Did you know that only port produced in Portugal is allowed to be labelled port in the European Union? Port became very popular in the UK after the Methuen Treaty of 1703, when merchants were permitted to import it at a low duty, while war with France deprived English wine drinkers of French wine. Contrary to popular belief, port was not created by British sailors by spiking the wine with brandy to avoid spoilage during the long voyage north.
FEELING FRISKY WHISKY
Lots of us Scots love whisky and let's face it, it's Scotland's biggest export. Did you know however that it's great for cardiovascular muscles? It helps in preventing blood clot in the arteries thereby reducing the chances of strokes and heart attacks. Furthermore, it also increases good cholesterol in the body and decreases the fat content in the arteries, cheers to that! There's no need to feel guilty about having a pre-dinner dram nor enjoying our whisky mustard with your food now.
FINE & DANDY BRANDY
The name brandy originally comes from the Dutch word “brandewijn” and is made by further distilling wine to increase the alcoholic content. The antioxidant compounds of brandy, thought to be due to the presence of copper in some of the aging barrels, have been has been shown to effectively prevent certain types of aging symptoms. These include wrinkles, cognitive issues, poor vision, and other chronic conditions that occur as we age. For hundreds of years, brandy has been relied upon as a traditional solution for the common cold or flu. Its natural warming properties, mixed with its relaxing quality induces healthy sleep. It also contains no carbohydrates so there's plenty to love about brandy.
HUG ME HONEY
Did you know that there are three types of bees in the hive: Queen, Worker and Drone? Honey bees have five eyes, and four wings that are latched into pairs by hooks. Honey is a Hebrew word meaning enchant. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water. It’s also the only food that contains pinocembrin, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.
BOOZY WOOZY BEER
Did you know that the study of beer & beer making, including the role particular ingredients play in the brewing process is called zythology? The hops used in beer are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass. Beer drinkers have 30% higher vitamin B6 levels in their blood than their non-drinking counterparts, and twice as much as wine drinkers. Another bonus: beer also contains vitamin B12 and folic acid. Beer, especially dark beer, pours up about a gram of soluble fibre in each 12-ounce bottle. Fibre helps lower your levels of LDL, the “bad” kind of cholesterol.