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It’s less than 24 hours until we head for London to showcase NB Gin at the Sony Brits After Party!

The event is regarded as the only party to be seen at after the glittering awards ceremony and 150 bottles of our finest NB Gin was whisked off to Heron Tower earlier this week in preparation for the bash.

NB Gin will be the only gin to be served at the party and we’re incredibly proud to have been selected.

The Sony Party – this year hosted at Sushi Samba – will be as A-list as it gets with more than 600 showbiz guests partying long into the night after the awards bash.

So who’ll be there? Ah, well that is the million-dollar question but you can absolutely guarantee that the planet’s most famous faces will be there to party… and drink lots of NB Gin, obviously.

If last year’s Sony After Party is anything to go by, it’ll be the party of the year. In 2014 Pharrell Williams, Nicole Scherzinger, One Direction and Rita Ora were just some of the celebs who attended the bash.

We’re all ready to go. We’ve even got our glad-rags (including one kilt) packed for the bash. We wish you could all be there too but, alas, you can’t.

So we’ve got the next best thing – we’ll be live tweeting from the party! Follow us on Twitter here to get all the news, gossip, pics and more from the event!

Chin chin!

London Dry Gin – What is it and how is it made?

NB Gin still

Now, now before you all get too excited and start thinking you’ll be making your own NB Gin tribute after reading this, there’s something we must tell you. We won’t be giving away any NB Gin secrets. Sorry!

Come on, did you honestly think we’d tell the world how we make our artisan gin? That’s a guarded secret, up there with the secret of who the subject of the Carly Simons’ hit You’re So Vain is. Right, that’s that cleared up, so on to the process.

NB Gin is a London Dry Gin. This is a very particular way of producing gin. There are other ways and processes but the London Dry Gin process is regarded as the best way to make a higher quality drink, and so that’s why we use it.

We didn’t want NB Gin to be anything other than the absolute best quality so we were never going to use any other process.

London Dry Gin is made in a traditional still – ours is one-of-a-kind with a little kink that makes it unique – and the process sees the re-distilling of ethyl-alcohol with the botanicals, which are the natural flavourings for the drink. We only ever use our eight botanicals to make NB Gin.

This bit is very important – all the botanicals must be approved natural flavourings and these must come forward during the distillation process. Any other way and the result would not be London Dry and our master distiller would be a very angry chappy (you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry).

The use of artificial flavourings is strictly forbidden and the mere mention of the word “artificial” is enough to make the NB Gin distiller refuse to ever speak to you again.

After this carefully managed distillation process, the resultant distillate is the base for what eventually becomes a London Dry Gin of the absolute best quality.

Other processes would see sugars added at this stage but, of course, the clue to London Dry is in the name and there are no added sugars to what we produce.

The distillate goes through a very exact and time-consuming blending process that, eventually, leaves the produce we know as NB Gin – a stunning London Dry Gin that is enjoyed all over the world.

Producing something of such quality takes patience, an eye for detail and, perhaps most importantly, an unswerving desire for perfection.

Gin, and London Dry Gin in particular, is one of the purest spirits you can enjoy, so the process must be pure in every sense in order that nothing other than the best is produced.

To that end, NB Gin is a small-batch gin. We never produce more than 100 litres at a time from our little distillery in North Berwick, Scotland. That way we can be 100 per cent sure that our gin is 100 per cent perfect. Yes, we like to be 100 per cent with just about everything we do.

That way, you get to enjoy our drink 100 per cent of the time!

Chin chin!

North Berwick: The place where NB Gin was born

North Berwick

They say home is where the heart is and any company that is born out of a labour of love should also have a heart and a place to call home. For NB Gin, it’s the beautiful town of North Berwick in East Lothian, Scotland.

This is the place that NB Gin is produced, or you could say crafted, before it makes its way all over the world to be enjoyed and savoured by a rapidly expanding fan base.

For us, there could be no better place to produce our artisan gin. North Berwick is woven into the tapestry of our company, even if we haven’t been around for all that long.

We like to think there’s a little bit of North Berwick in every gin and tonic or NB Gin Martini that you enjoy; it’s part of who and what we are and we’re very proud of it. If you listen carefully, you can just about hear the waves lapping on the shores of our seaside town as you pour yourself an NB Gin.

Okay, so perhaps that’s a lyrical stretch too far for some but North Berwick got into our soul; under our skin, and we’d urge our fans to visit the town and take it all in for themselves. You might love it so much you’ll stay and build a distillery!

It really doesn’t get more picturesque than North Berwick. If you spent your childhood holidays at the seaside then you’ll probably already have an appreciation for it but there are now whole generations who didn’t get that, due mainly to the rise of package holidays to the Med.

North Berwick most certainly retains that old seaside town charm of those days gone by but it has something else too.

Where, sadly, many traditional seaside towns were as good as killed off as tastes in holidays changed, North Berwick has been an omnipresent fixture for those wanting to get away from it all.

There’s a heady mix of culture, creativity and good old-fashioned charm here. It has a spirit; a feeling of bohemian freedom on every street. You only have to look at the array of craft producers, artists and artisan stores that are dotted around the town to realise that North Berwick is a little town that positively buzzes with things to see and do.

It’s that spirit, and perhaps the obvious can-do attitude of those who call North Berwick home, that rubbed off on us and compelled us to launch NB Gin in this beautiful little corner of the world.

So you might think that we’re going a bit over the top about how much of an influence North Berwick has had on our artisan gin, that’s okay, we might have been of the same opinion before NB Gin was born.

But we’d urge you to come for a visit and see for yourselves. Have a wander around the beautiful stores and galleries, talk to the friendly shopkeepers, grab a coffee from one of the exceptional cafes and enjoy the sea air as the Firth of Forth entices you on to the seafront. Do that and then you’ll understand why we get so misty-eyed about our little town and why NB Gin calls North Berwick home.

Chin chin!

Gin – The drink at the centre of a revolution

NB Gin beach

When NB Gin was born, it was around the time of a new gin revolution in the UK and what has happened over the last two years has taken even the most enthusiastic gin lover a little by surprise.

It’s no longer a UK gin revolution, it’s a worldwide gin revolution and we’d like to think that from a beautiful little corner of the country in North Berwick, we’re doing our bit to help it roar on.

It seems that gin is the spirit on everyone’s lips… we couldn’t resist that little pun.

It’s not that gin ever really fell out of fashion as such. The beautiful, refreshing spirit has always had a passionate following but vodka has reigned supreme for decades. You could say that gin perhaps got lost in the super-marketing of other big spirits, namely vodka. Not now though. Gin is back and we’re glad to say it’s here to stay.

In fact, in a recent survey of London’s top bars, the majority of mixologists named gin as the most important spirit on the shelf and the one that most customers class as the ‘drink to be seen with’.

One of the biggest factors in the gin revolution is the changing drinking habits of the public.

Perhaps as a result of the huge success of the craft beer scene, people are now far savvier about drinking quality spirits rather than the mass-produced, heavily marketed options that flood the industry.

In short, drinkers place far more weight on quality than they do on marketing tactics and that bodes well for artisan and craft producers, like NB Gin.

As we’ve said before, for us it will always be about the quality of our product. We only ever produce in small batches of no more than 100 litres at a time. That way we can be absolutely certain that our gin is perfect every time.

The gin revolution shows no sign of slowing (or should that be sloe-ing?) and we feel quite honoured that our drink is one of the names mentioned by experts when talking about world-class artisan gin.

Cocktails have helped to make gin cool again too, especially in a time when no self-respecting bar would be without a mixologist who really knows his or her stuff.

Our very own mixologist and brand ambassador TJ Littlejohn from Bar In A Box loves to mix with gin and he even created three brand new NB Gin cocktails to wow the celebrity guests when we serve them our gin at the Brit Awards.

All this talk about ‘being in’ and trendy bars might lead you to think that this revolution is about style over substance. No way, we say! In fact, we’re pretty sure that anyone who has ever enjoyed a good quality gin and tonic will know that it’s all about what’s in the glass.

The fact that gin is on trend again is a mere side point to it being one of life’s little luxuries and we’re so happy to be part of it. Chin chin!

Try the NB Gin cocktails that we’ll be serving to the stars!

Singapore-Sling

We could have served our artisan NB Gin to the stars at the BRIT Awards After Party just as it is – neat, perhaps with a little ice – and we’re pretty sure it would have gone down a storm.

But then we thought, wouldn’t it be good to give the music royalty guests some brand new cocktails to enjoy our gin in?

Our super-talented mixologist and brand ambassador TJ Littlejohn from Bar In A Box was more than happy to oblige and you lucky, lucky people can try them before Madonna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran et al get to!

Here are the wonderful creations that TJ crafted:

B’s Knees

50ml NB Gin, 25ml Lemon, 25ml B’s Syrup

Shake all ingredients and double strain to coupe, no garnish.

B’s Syrup:

250ml Bees Honey, 125ml Hot Water, 2 Rosemary Sprigs, 5g Crushed Black Peppercorns

These ratios can be multiplied to make larger batches.

Strawberry Kiss

25ml NB Gin, 12.5ml Triple Sec, 12.5ml Strawberry Liqueur, 25ml Lemon Juice, 12.5ml Simple Syrup

Shake ingredients, fine strain to champagne flute, top with Prosecco. Half strawberry on the rim of the glass to garnish.

And now for the classics… Five vintage favourites to enjoy

Is there anything more refreshing and enjoyable than a gin at the end of a long, hard week? Of course there’s not!

At NB Gin, we think that one of the best ways to enjoy our drink is neat, perhaps with a little ice or in a mighty gin and tonic, but what about a gin cocktail?

Gin is at the epicentre of a spirits revolution in the UK and gin cocktails are once again firmly in the minds of our country’s great mixologists.

Sometimes, there’s no substitute for a classic, so the next time you’re planning on enjoying NB’s artisan London Dry Gin, why not whip up one of these classic gin cocktails?

Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz has seen something of a revival and why not, it’s simply stunning and can be enjoyed all year round.

Try it with 2oz of NB Gin in a shaker with a good dash of fresh lemon juice, say 1oz. Add around .75oz of simple syrup (one part sugar to one part water) and shake it well for 10 seconds. Add some ice cubes and shake like your life depends on it. Add the club soda to a glass and strain the remaining ingredients in. Yum!

Martini

Perhaps the G&T would be even more iconic than this one, but even that cannot boast Mr James Bond as a fan.

A well-made Martini is something sent right from heaven and it couldn’t be simpler. Gin and Vermouth and that’s it. The only topic for dispute on this one is the ratios but really, it should be down to personal preference.

Mix 2 ½ oz of NB Gin with about half that amount of Vermouth with plenty of ice and stir (if you are 007 you’ll want to shake of course). To garnish, go with a twist of lemon peel.

Singapore Sling

Most cocktail aficionados are well versed in the story of the Singapore Sling coming to being at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in the 1900s. We love it!

Pour 1 ½ oz of gin, 1oz of lime juice and ¼ oz of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and give it a damn good shake. Strain the inviting mix into a highball glass with ice cubes and then lovingly add 2oz of club soda.

Float ½ oz of cherry brandy on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.

If you want to get really fancy, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

Negroni

Who would have thought that the vintage Negroni would be popular once again? It’s a good thing though, because it’s a delicious cocktail! Our London Dry Gin is just perfect for this one too.

The key to a good Negroni is to use the ingredients in equal measures.

To try for the first time, try 1oz of each. Add some ice to a short glass, add 1oz of NB Gin, 1oz of Campari and 1oz of Vermouth, give it a quick spin with a spoon, add a slice of orange and serve to a no-doubt very appreciate friend… remember to make yourself one too though.

Tom Collins

Okay, so it’s still bitterly cold out there and you’d probably enjoy this old favourite in the summer but, go on, be a bit cheeky and enjoy it now anyway.

It’s easy peasy. Pour 1 ½ oz of NB Gin, 1oz of lemon juice and a simple syrup into a Collins glass, if you have one, which you’ve already added ice to. Give it a whirl with a spoon or a straw and top it off with club soda. For the garnish, add an extra splash of colour with a cherry and a slice of orange.

What’s your favourite NB Gin cocktail? We’d love to hear from you! Have you made your very own NB Gin cocktail? We’d love to see it!

NB Gin to be served to world’s music industry at the BRITs after party!

BRITs Beyonce

NB Gin, the award-winning premium spirit produced in North Berwick, will soon be sampled by some of the biggest names in world pop, following an exclusive invitation to grace the tables at this year’s star-studded Sony Music BRIT Awards After Party in London on February 25.

The BRIT Awards is the UK’s biggest showcase for music talent and one of the most anticipated events in the global entertainment calendar. But when the stars really start to let their hair down is afterwards, with some of music’s most famous faces painting the town red well after the gong-fest.

And the most sought-after tickets in town will be to the Sony party, where pop icons such as Pharrell Williams and the members of One Direction are due to attend.

NB Gin will be the only brand of gin being served to the 600-strong guest list and will be joined by some of the most exclusive drinks brands available, such as Belvedere vodka.

NB Gin’s expert mixologist has created two unique cocktails to be served to party guests on the night, including the Bees Knees, made with honey and rosemary. Bottles of NB Gin will also be placed on every table, with tasting glasses alongside.

Vivienne Muir, director at NB Gin, says: “We are thrilled and honoured to be serving NB Gin at the biggest night in British music. To have been chosen from such a long list of other possible brands is the icing on the cake of what has been a fantastic year for us, and we cannot wait to let the music industry elite sample our very own handcrafted spirit.“

Morten Jensen, partner at Billetto UK Ltd, which is assisting with the drinks brands for the Sony event, says, “NB Gin was a natural choice for us. Its quality is second to none, making it perfect in cocktails but also delicious served neat with ice. And the chic bottle looks great. Our guests will only be served drinks worthy of this glittering event, and we are delighted to have NB Gin on the menu.”

NB Gin is produced by Vivienne and her husband Steve in a custom-made copper still at their micro-distillery in North Berwick, East Lothian. Using the London Dry Gin distillation process, it’s made from pure British grain spirit and a blend of eight botanicals, all of which have been meticulously selected to produce a smooth and balanced flavour which is not overly complicated.

Since its launch in October 2013, there has been overwhelming demand for the new spirit. It’s now being stocked in a long list of high-end hotels, bars, shops and restaurants across the country, from Aberdeen to London. And things are going well overseas too, with sales thriving in Spain, Germany and Denmark, and an agreement nearing the final stages with a distributor in the USA.

NB Gin was honoured with a silver medal in the Micro Distillery category at The Gin Masters 2014, just nine months after launch. It was the “clear winner” and “really stole the show” in a recent gin taste test of 11 different brands conducted by The Scotsman, being praised for having “a smooth, rounded palate with a fabulous long poised finish” and described as a “proper” gin.*

And it is described as “superb” by royal party planner Johnny Roxburgh, who has more than 33 years of experience in luxury event catering and party design. He has become one of NB Gin’s biggest fans and is already serving the artisan spirit to guests at high society events across the country

To help with increasing demand, Vivienne and Steve have upgraded their equipment and expanded their premises for the second time in a year to make sure that they’re geared up for more significant production. They have also launched a new website at www.nbgin.com