Gin is neutral spirit with a predominant flavour of juniper berries. Gin originated in Holland in the 17th Century as a medicinal drink for the treatment of kidney disorders. Originally called ‘Genever’ the French word for Juniper it was renamed by English soldiers fighting on the continent. The infamous Gin and Tonic started as a medical drink to help remedy the effects of Malaria in colonial India.
Dried pink grapefruit and earl grey tea followed by a strong liquorice undercurrent that leads into a sort of crushed Parma Violet sweets affair. Kick is woody and spicy and leads into juniper, bergamot and faint ginseng notes. All in all bloody good.
An exclusive small batch gin which encapsulates the spirit of the Highlands. Caorunn fuses together pure Scottish Highlands water with six traditional gin and five Celtic botanicals by hand in a copper berry chamber. This process helps to create a sweet balance of flavours the rowan berry sits at the heart of this gin, giving it a firmly Celtic flavour, different from other gins on the market. Caorunn itself is the Gaelic word for rowan berry, showing exactly how important this core ingredient is to this aromatic gin.
Citadelle Gin is a wheat based gin which soaks up the warm flavour of cognac through its production in cognac stills. 19 botanicals are added to create the distinct flavour of Citadelle, leafy on the nose and clean on the palate. Peppery grains of paradise partner refreshing juniper in a fragrant concoction which works and the sweeter citrus notes help create a rounded flavour which is a little on the spicy side.
A privately maintained recipe which dates back to the 18th century, Fifty Pounds bears all the hallmarks of a quality gin, with traditional flavours. Distilled four times to deliver its smooth flavour, the botanicals are steeped for two days and then distilled slowly in a century-old still. English through and through and from a very small batch, Fifty Pounds is rare and has strong notes of citrus, coriander and liquorice.
We all love Gordon’s, whether we’re fans of Ramsay or not. The world’s most popular gin and a perennial bestseller, Gordon’s has a flavour which has come to epitomise quality gin. Juniper-led with peppery spice and sweet lemon zest following closely. Aromas of hops and eucalyptus underpinned by sage and liquorice whirl as you sip and a deeper, earthy aftertaste lingers, with citrus zest still coming through.