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Based in the beautiful foothills of the Blackdown Hills in Surrey, artisan spirit producer Blackdown Distillery has been busy creating some trulyinnovative tipples. They tap the local silver birch trees for sap each spring to create distinctive gin, vodka and vermouth. Birch sap is a difficult and expensive ingredient to produce as each 100 gallons of sap produces just one gallon of syrup, often referred to as “white gold”. While the gin and vodka are interesting additions to the market, the vermouth piqued our curiosity: it’s the first British white vermouth, and is made by adding a secret blend of herbs and spices to Silver Birch Wine, then fortifying it to achieve a vermouth that is delectably creamy and spicy in flavour, with hints of wormwood and chamomile. If gin’s more your thing, you can also visit the distillery for a gintasting session, staying overnight at The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa with a three-course dinner, gin cocktail and a gin-blending kit to take home. £24.99/70cl bottle.

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The new issue of the biggest gay magazine in the world is here! Winq is 196 pages of luxury lifestyle for discerning gents. Get your hands on the gay magazine you’ve always wanted. In our new August/September issue, chat show queen Ellen DeGeneres and fashion legend Michael Kors grace the cover. Ellen talks the return of forgetful fish Dory and lesbian stereotypes, while Michael Kors reflects on his illustrious career and married life. Peruvian model-turned-chef Franco Noriega is one hot dish in the food section, and we welcome our new columnist Cameron Laux, who will be sharing the ins and outs of being a gay dad over the coming issues. In our travel pages, we’re following our hearts to San Francisco and getting back to basics in Namibia, while the travel theme continues in our bumper style section with stylish shoots from Suriname, Israel, Vegas and France. All of this, within bigger and better sections dedicated to people, travel, style, business, home, fitness and culture. Be upstanding, Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.

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