Confession…I never used to like gin. Despite wanting to be one of those people who would go for a cool G&T on a hot day, I always found it too bitter, too chemical – both the gin and the tonic.
But the recent explosion in craft gin meant it was getting harder to avoid. So, I took the approach of immersion therapy and a couple of years ago went to a gin tasting event. We all ordered a different selection of gins to taste and then passed all of them round, meaning each of us tried 25 gins. Safe to say, it was a good afternoon.
Fast forward 2 years and my aversion to gin is well and truly in the past.
A favourite gin today is one that I first tried and loved at that tasting event.
Mor Irish Gin looks unassuming, but is full of deep berry flavours. Unlike so many gins that promise berries but end up overly sweet, it’s still a classic gin but with beautiful raspberry, blackberry and cranberry perfume and taste. I thought this would be a summery gin but found myself enjoying it throughout the Winter.
- Subtle florals notes of angelica swirled with a berry nose
- Flavor of juniper lead with notes of rosemary and angelica
- Blended with cranberry, raspberry and blueberry
- A strong berry finish, crisp and mildly sweet
Next up is a gin I tried last Summer and have just ordered to have at home. Hendricks Midsummer Solstice Gin is in a beautiful purple bottle with the classic Hendrick’s branding. It has a lovely floral flavour but without the sickly, chemical taste that sometimes come with flowers in food. Perfect on a sunny day.
- Deeply floral, definitively Hendrick's. A delightfully floral limited edition gin, inspired by nature's most vivid blooms on the Midsummer Solstice.
- Limited by nature, Midsummer Solstice is a small batch, handcrafted release from Hendrick's Gin.
- It sees the Hendrick's Gin recipe instilled with a secretive selection of floral essences that enhance its existing botanical bouquet.
- An especially unique gin, perfect for summer drinking or any time complete and utter refreshment is desired.
- Discover a new delightful antidote to the ordinary, to indulge and reward your curious self or as a gift to treat someone special.
Finally, I caved into the seasonal obsession and got a bottle of Whitley Neil’s Rhubarb and Ginger Gin. I’d had this in the pub and loved it, and had been looking for a rhubarb gin to have at home for a while but had put it off as I HATE the branding and the cheap looking purple bottle. But, it’s a great, well-priced, delicious gin that packs a flavour punch without getting too sugary. I enjoyed with a fiery Lixir Rhubarb and Ginger Tonic as the daffodils bloomed in the garden.
- Striking extension to the Whitley Neill range; the initial sweetness gives way to crisp rhubarb and a warm ginger finish.
- The essence of rhubarb adds a tart crisp edge to a smooth English gin base whilst the ginger extract warms the palate for a full-bodied finish.
- Signature Serve; Ingredients: 50ml Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin and 100ml Lamb & Watt Original Tonic Water. Garnish: Slice of Ginger and Lemon Wedge.
- Method: Fill a large balloon glass with cubed ice and add 50ml Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger gin, then top with 100ml Lamb & Watt Original Tonic. Stir gently and garnish with a thin slice of ginger and a wedge of lemon.
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 – Bronze
On the subject of tonic…I’m not yet such a connoisseur that I can match a gin with the perfect tonic so if you have any recommends for good pairings for the gins I’ve mentioned, let me know!