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With this book as your guide, you can master the jigsaw that is the world of Gin, Tonics and Garnishes.Whether you are an ardent Gin fan or just starting out on your Gin tasting journey, this book simplifies the process of working out what goes with what, where your preferences are in relation to others and how best to chronicle your journey.After reading this book, the pieces will click into place and you will cruise through the world of Gin Fests and Gin tastings like a Pro.How do you classify and make sense of the vast array of Gins available? How do you log them in a meaningful way that is not onerous on the brain and the liver?Firstly, you need to establish what your own Gin preference is and in a format that can be easily understood. The jigsaw approach is an easy way to get a quick overview.Then, for a Gin that you have tasted and liked, you need to find the position on the jigsaw for that Gin.Gin Preference Style (the “GPS”)From there, if you want to taste different styles of Gin you can navigate your way round the jigsaw, just like using a “Sat Nav”, and then fine tune your preferences.Currently there are over a 1000 different gins available to try and sample. Each may require one of at least seven different styles of tonics and/or garnishes to ensure the perfect G & T.If you tried a new gin every week it would take you over 19 years to sample every combination. So how do you make sense of a 1000 gins? Where do you start, which do you try next?Ideally, you need to know what the possible options are, just like the lid on a jigsaw box shows how all the pieces fit together.Then you need a road map or, ideally, a Sat Nav that shows where you are and the route you can take to get you to where you want to go.This book introduces you to the ‘Gin Sat Nav’ which ultimately will help you identify your Gin Preference Style.
Having done the Basic tutorial, you get a good idea of the styles of Gin out there, the ideal tonic/gin ratios and the dramatic effects garnish can make.
The Intermediate tutorial develops on this by showing how and allowing you to taste new gins and allocate them to one of the 25 grids on The Gin Sat Nav chart. The Art of Discernment is not so much about yes I like it, or No I do not. But rather ‘ i think this is more like this style because or this is well balanced, distinctive because etc’ so developing a vocabulary that is appropriate and fun.