Ben HaywardSeptember 4th
2019

The M6 motorway near Knutsford has now reopened following a lengthy closure due to a spillage of concentrated gin from a tanker.

The motorway was shut in Cheshire between junction 19 at Knutsford and junction 20 at Lymm after two HGVs collided with each other, resulting in one  of them leaking its precious alcoholic cargo onto the road. 

Emergency crews were called in, and worked through the night in order to prevent the highly flammable concentrated gin spillage from igniting.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had ‘worked hard to stem the leak’ from one of the tankers so it could be pumped into a replacement tanker, and that crews were also coating the spilt gin with an anti-flammable foam.

Cheshire Police said the collision had caused long delays with many motorists sitting stationary in their cars for roughly four hours as police were forced to turn people around on the northbound carriageway.

Fortunately there have been no reports of injuries, with many of those affected by the incident managing to see the funny side of it.

Rachel Sargeant, said she had been caught up in a two-hour delay, tweeting that she was sitting ‘200yds away from 32,000 litres of spilt gin’ and that it was ‘heartbreaking she didn't have a straw’.

The ‘gincident’ predictably prompted a healthy number of puns on social media, with Mr Ree 2 asked if it was in the ‘sloe lane’ while Anthony Davies tweeted those in the traffic ‘just had to gin and bear it’.

You have to laugh I suppose!

In other gin news, a Scottish distillery has developed what could prove to be the most divisive alcoholic drink of all time with their Brussels Sprouts Gin. 

Edinburgh based company, Pickering’s Gin, have created the unusual flavour at their distillery using over 10,000 Brussels sprouts in the process - let’s hope there’s enough left for our Christmas dinners! 

Pickering’s has described the flavour as ‘a surprisingly sweet, slightly nutty taste with a green, herbaceous and peppery twang’, which personally, I think sounds great.

The Brussels sprouts infused gin is just one part of Pickering’s Gin baubles of Christmas inspired flavours which also includes Christmas Clementine, Festive Cranberry, Spiced Pear and Cinnamon, Figgy Pudding and Plum and Ginger flavours.

The limited edition six pack of Christmas gins went on sale earlier this week and will set you back the - pretty reasonable - sum of £25.

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