Some of our regular readers may have noticed, it’s been a while since the last post… Indeed, it has been a few weeks since the last review but I’ve come with exciting news to explain the prolonged silence. This project has been a long time in the making and i’m excited that finally, the time has come to tell you more about it.
I’ve been busy writing, tasting and completing new posts as well as a rewriting the current reviews here ahead of a new venture. I’m proud to announce that The Gin Blog will become part of a larger site; Gin Foundry.
Gin Foundry will be the biggest online resource for gin. As the name suggests, the site will be a melting pot for all things juniper related. It will feature gin reviews, cocktail suggestions, interviews with the industry’s finest much like i’ve established here at The Gin Blog. However, it will also feature a blog that will feature a weekly news update covering new events, releases and will hopefully become the must read bulletin for those seeking to keep up with the latest from the Gin world. This will be joined by bar reviews based uniquely on a bar’s gin cocktail offerings and aimed at showcasing some of the creations available in the trade and recommending some of the UK’s best bars to go to for gin based cocktails. “Of all of the gin joints” indeed.
Obviously, these things take time, but Gin Foundry will launch with 100 gin reviews covering the story of each brand, the production methods, tasting notes and more. This will mean that from the start, it will already be one of the largest repositories of Gin information available online. With the cocktail section and other small surprises – we’re looking forward to revealing it and launching in a few months time.
Over 2 years writing The Gin Blog I’ve been improving and posts have become more complete and fuller with each new addition. Gin Foundry reviews continue with this ethos and more importantly, more images and insider information about what makes each gin so special and unique.
It’s been a huge task writing up so much new content as well as improving the current posts, especially having to do it without talking about it! I’ve been asked several times as to why I am making the move across given the ever growing popularity and numbers visiting this blog. The answer for the most part is simple, Gin Foundry allows me to be part of a group of other contributors and work with others to create something much bigger that I could ever do on my own.
Without wanting to go into too many details, I must admit to becoming tired of seeing others profit from concepts for both new products and campaigns that I’ve have suggested both here on the blog and in the many tastings and events that I have attended over past two years. There’s no hard feelings as to what has happened but I feel it’s time to create a space where we can launch these ourselves and complete the ideas rather than suggest them to others and watch from the distance. I’m very glad to say that there are already experiments underway with this in mind.
Lastly, I would like to write more about the events that are happening and the campaigns that some of the brands are hosting. Being a part of a larger team will allow me to cover more news and contribute to a site which has all of the information in one place and that is updated more often. I feel that it is the best thing for The Gin Blog readers as it will make searching for information about Gin much easier than navigating multiple sites, without compromising the approach I have taken over two years of compiling notes and information about the various gins.
Gin Foundry is due to go live in June and I look forward to telling you more about it as development continues. A bigger and better Gin Blog awaits!