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August 02, 2018
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The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth nations. During the 21st Games being held in Australia's Gold Coast, 5,000 athletes will compete in more than 18 different sports and more than 275 events.
The Games were first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario and have taken place every four years since (except during World War 2). Canadian triple jumper, Gordon Smallacombe, won the first ever gold medal in the history of the games.
The Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930-1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954-1966 and the British Commonwealth Games from 1970-1974.
Nine Nations have hosted the Commonwealth Games; that's 18 cities in seven countries. Australia has hosted the most Games - five in 1938, 1962, 1982, 2006 and 2018, whilst Canada has hosted four times - 1930, 1953, 1978 and 1994.
Auckland (1950 and 1990) and Edinburgh (1970 and 1986) are the only two cities to have hosted the Games twice.
Only six countries have attended every Commonwealth Games, Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. Australia has been the highest achieving team on 12 occasions, England seven and Canada one.
Although there are 53 members of the commonwealth nations, 71 teams participate in the Commonwealth Games, as a number of dependent territories compete under their own flags.
The four Home Nations of the United Kingdom - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales also send separate teams. Who will you be supporting out on the sunny Gold Coast?
Have a look at some of our Home Nations and Australian gins here
January 10, 2018
Most Gin lovers are aware that the production of Gin involves the use of botanicals, that being related to the use of derivatives of plants.
To produce Gin a variety or cocktail of botanicals specific to that gin are steeped, infused, distilled or soaked in or with the alcoholic base spirit to impart their flavours.
Now the British love Gin, and by heck we also love tea! So a combination of these is sure to be a winner!
There are a growing number of fantastic gins available produced using tea as one of their botanicals, and the results are outstanding!
The Teasmith Gin is distilled twice with hand picked tea and other botanicals such as coriander seed and orange peel to produce it’s characteristic taste. The Teasmith Team are proud to note that the ‘Father of Ceylon Tea’ James Taylor was a fellow Scotsman who planted the very first tea plantation in Sri Lanka.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Tea Gin from The Shed Distillery in Ireland is distilled with Gunpowder Tea from China and a wealth of oriental botanicals such as cardamom and star anise. Slowly distilled by hand in medieval copper stills with the addition of vapour infused botanicals.
Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin proudly distilled in Yorkshire as one of the newer expressions of their stalwart Masons Gin. Using Harrogate water and their copper stills ‘Steve’ and ‘Leftie” this Tea based gin wins through with use of Yorkshire Tea and fennel. Enjoyed with citrus and cardamom pods for a special G&Tea!
FEW Breakfast Gin is produced with botanicals such as bergamot, juniper and Earl Grey Tea. Promoted as a great first drink of the day FEW Breakfast Gin is a smooth companion to pancakes first thing, perhaps not on a work day though as once you’re tried one….