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About me

"So much to do and so little time" seems to be the mantra these days. With stress levels through the roof it can feel like a quarter-life crisis is looming ahead. 

But instead of giving in, why not take some time back for yourself to experience life and enjoy the finer things.

Convenience is key when it comes to time management and rather than searching for the best bar of trying to figure out how to make cocktails, opt instead for the simple solution to soothe your nerves.

Simply pop a Gin Queen G&Tea into your gin and let it diffuse your stress. Give back to yourself and enjoy the fruits of your labor with the teabag that infuses both colour and flavour into your gin while you sip.



My story began here:

I fell in love with gin the very first moment it touched my lips. And quit my job to give in to my passion.

It began with the hand-sealing, hand-filling and hand-stamping my bags and labels, experimenting with different materials and finding the perfect blend of botanicals.

Two years later, all of my hard work led me to be the success I am today - as SamSamButDifferent I've been invited to judge the South African gin awards, become a published blogger on gin distillers, crafters and entrepreneurs and had established PR companies inviting me to exclusive events and allowing me to do what I love - drink gin.

That's my story and I'd love to get to know yours. Let me take you on a unique and personal taste experience with the Gin Queen's G&Tea so you can simplify your life.

Feel free to write to me for any questions, orders or even to tell me how gin changed your life


What are botanicals?

  • What is gin?
    Gin begins its life as a neutral spirit which is then distilled or infused with botanicals. The most predominant being juniper. Gin is one of the broadest categories of spirits because of the various styles, origins and flavour profiles that can be used to make it
  • What are botanicals?
    Botanicals are the herbs and flavours that are distilled or infused into your gin. In the past they were extremely limited but these days you can find gins with up to 20 or more different botanicals! Gin always contains juniper but it can go anywhere from there. Read more here.
  • Why is gin bitter?
    Gin itself is not actually bitter. It is a spirit so it tastes of alcohol. The bitterness that you taste comes from the quinine in tonic which is an integral part of a gin and tonic. Most people who don't like gin are actually not fans of tonic water. Two things can combat this - either try different tonic or try to serve your gin in a different cocktail or style
  • Is there non-alcoholic gin?
    Yes! There are quite a few actually. They are best served with tonic so that you can appreciate all of the botanical flavours.
  • Can gin be used in food?
    Yes! There are many many different recipes and ways that gin can be used in food. Whether it is in baking, making sorbet or anything else your heart fancies, there is sure to be a recipe for it online!
  • Does gin have an expiry date?
    As long as you seal and store it correctly, gin will not go off. Once it is opened however, the contents will begin to slowly evaporate and lose its flavour, though it will still be drinkable.
  • What is G&Tea?
    G&Tea is a custom product of my own making. G&Tea is a nylon steeper used in your gin to infuse both colour and flavour with every sip. Hand-filled with specially selected botanicals that compliment those in your gin, G&Tea is the perfect way to elevate your gin drinking experience.
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