Ginne And Nostril Update

My nostril situation is much improved, as I am sure you were all worried about. And I am having a pre-dinner cocktail of Uncle Val’s Botanical Ginne and club soda. This shittee is fucken awesome, with juniper (duh!), cucumber, lemon, and lavender as the most predominant flavor notes.



  1. Trebuchet says

    I would wager that 99% of Americans do not know that gin is flavored with juniper.

    Glad the nostril problem is better. If it comes back, do please see a doctor. I’m a multi-time skin cancer survivor. Don’t mess around.

  2. says

    As a loft-warming gift, I got a cool spice rack where all the spices are in test-tubes. One of them contained whole dried juniper berries, and I have no idea what to do with them. Mini-batch of bathtub gin?

    PS that gin looks great, and is one I’ve never had before! Will have to keep my eye out for it.

  3. F [is for failure to emerge] says

    Good on the nostril. I’ve never tried a gin that tasted of anything other than juniper (that I was aware of).

    I would wager that 99% of Americans do not know that gin is flavored with juniper.

    I was just explaining this to yet another incredulous person last Friday.

  4. Corvus illustris says

    F@3: I was just explaining [that gin owes its flavor to juniper berries] to yet another incredulous person last Friday.

    I’m incredulous at their incredulity. Doesn’t everybody know this? (Evidently not.) There’s even folklore that the sobriquet “Mother’s Ruin” for gin derives from a bad effect that ingesting a tincture of juniper has on the internal lady parts (rather than the usual effect of ingesting more ethanol than is good for you).

  5. Trebuchet says

    I didn’t spend enough time Googling to find statistics but I’d guess vodka outsells gin in the US by at least five to one. It isn’t as popular as it once was.

    @2, Dr. Becca: Probably not enough berries for a bathtub full, why not just drop them in a bottle of vodka for a while and see what happens?

  6. willym says

    I have been addicted to Bombay Sapphire for over a decade, now. Juniper is only one of its many flavorings, none of which overwhelms the senses. I drink it with a squeeze of lime and Schwepp’s Tonic over ice. Or sometimes neat. It’s all good.

  7. Acolyte of Sagan says

    About the nostril; just as the mineworkers found out during the miners’ strike in the ’80’s, it won’t get better if you picket.

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