Book by Difford, Simon
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Simon Difford is a drinks industry celebrity. His experience includes running his own bar, founding his own import company and establishing brands. He is a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award winning writer and lives in London, England.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
As a born-and-bred Londoner, I feel something of a patriotic affinity for gin. Although the Dutch can rightly lay claim to having created the first popular juniper-flavoured spirit, what is unquestionable is that the modern style of gin mostly enjoyed around the world today has English origins, in London to be specific. And what a journey it has had -- a veritable rollercoaster ride over three centuries.
When gin first hit the capital, it was popular with the masses but shunned by the gentry. Over the years, it struggled to find acceptance by the upper classes, but by the days of the British Raj, polite society had properly accepted and adopted it into its noble ranks, peaking in the 1930s cocktail era.
During the dying decades of the 20th century, gin then suffered in the fashion stakes as vodka's star shone ever more brightly, but the turn of the millennium seems to have heralded a new enthusiasm for gin once again. Today, gin might be considered the most fashionable and dynamic spirit category of the moment.
Despite my patriotic affinity for the spirit, I also feel sad that the term 'London Dry Gin' is not protected by an appellation and can be adopted by gins made all over the world. It also pains me that precious little gin is now produced in our great capital.
This book is a celebration of gin, and I hope that it helps gather support for the idea of creating a protected appellation that finally acknowledges the city's role in today's drinking culture and affords it the recognition it deserves. Just as the 'New Western Dry' category articulates a trend for New World gins, so the London-born old-school tradition of gin-making should now be properly protected.
Thankfully, trend-setters are now calling for their gin of choice and the great British G&T is arguably more fashionable than it was when it was first created during Queen Victoria's reign. Long live gin, and long live the G&T!
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Descrizione libro Odd Firm Of Sin Limited, London, 2013. HB Green Cloth Boards. Condizione libro: Good Plus. 2nd. 350 pages. All edges show minor shelf wear, heel and toe are bumped., clean text, illistrated with many color and black and white photographs. This compendium contains all yu need to know about Gin and more. The Dutch claim to having created the first -flavored spirit, it is said that the modern style of Gin that is now enjoyed world wide has Lodon based origins. It was in the days of British Raj, that polite society properly accepte and adopted it into its noble ranks, peaking in the 1930's cocktail era. During the 20th century it suffered in the fashion stakes as vodka became the star. Today gim could be considered the most fashionable and dynamic spirit category of the moment. This book is not only an excellent refrence book but a history book as well. Size: 10 X 7 1/2. Hardback. Codice libro della libreria 002411