Friday, 4 September 2015
New Gin Alert: 1897 Quinine Gin
As an avid gin drinker, I sometimes feel a little guilty about the vast amount of the stuff I consume, but now there’s a new gin on the scene with added feel-good factor (and I don’t mean that lovely fuzzy feeling you get after two or three gin & tonics).
1897 Quinine Gin is made with the bark of the Cinchona tree, a traditional source of quinine which has been used as an antimalarial for centuries. For every bottle sold, over 50% of the profit (that’s at least a fiver) will be donated to the charity Malaria No More UK. That’s enough to buy a mosquito net for a family to help protect them from malaria.
But why the name? Well, here's the fun history bit: 1897 was the year in which Sir Ronald Ross discovered that mosquitoes transmit malaria – a mega breakthrough which has since saved thousands of lives.
1897 Quinine Gin is available to buy from Master of Malt for the very reasonable price of £39.95.
We all love to feel we’re doing a little good in the world, and if it takes buying a bottle of gin to do so, then so be it.