I’ve been a gin fan for quite a while but it’s only been in the past 18 months or so since the gin faze has blown up that I’ve drunk a lot more. Me and Luke went to the Gin Festival last year and managed to try out quite a few drink brands and it just seems to be our thing now where we’ll try out different one’s when ever we’re out for dinner.
Personally I am less of a traditional dry gin fan which is why when I tried out Tinker* at last year’s Gin Festival I fell in love with it. When we went last year the brand had only just established and they’re still a small batch gin brand but it’s such a refreshing light and fruity citrus flavour. It’s made using the modern Spanish approach and isn’t like your traditional gin. The citrus flavour isn’t overpowering though so it’s really fresh and tastes great with so many different garnishes such as orange peel or pear.
Another citrus based gin I’ve been loving is Malfy which my parents brought round for us to try. This is a totally different type of citrus to Tinker as this smells and tastes a little more like artificial lemon compared to the freshness of Tinker. This isn’t a bad thing though, it reminds me a little of lemoncello. It’s definitely a refreshing gin and something which I think will be perfect in the summer time.
I’ve never really tried a gin liqeur but I have been trying out a few different varieties and The Lakes Distillery have just realised a Rhubarb and Rosehip* liqueur which is a beautiful pale pink colour which has both a fruity and floral taste. This liqueur uses a lot of botanicals which are native to the Lake District National Park such as Cumbrian juniper so it’s quite unique in its flavour. This works better with something like apple juice as opposed to lemonade or tonic, but it also adds a really nice flavour in with prosecco which my mum loved.
Now usually I am not a huge fan of cream based liqueurs but the Cathy & Black Yorkshire Gin Cream Liqueur* is so moreish. Made from the freshest silky smooth cream and Slingsby Gin which is a locally made gin it’s so smooth, silky and refreshing which is perfect neat over ice or in an alcoholic milkshake. I am a huge fan of hard shakes and this makes a great additional to the sweet treat, especially a nice chocolate shake.
You can’t beat a traditional dry gin and Gordan’s* have been crafting theirs for almost 250 years so they must be doing something something right. It was one of the first gins to be served with tonic and despite it’s age the recipe has remained in tact and hasn’t changed because why fix something that isn’t broken?! It’s described as the ‘ginniest’ of gins as there’s a high juniper content so it’s very classic, although they pride themselves on high quality so only 10% of the juniper berries are good enough to make it into Gordon’s.
Also from Popaball is this blue pearl gin shimmer* which I absolutely love. I bought my mum the rose gold prosecco shimmer for Christmas and she loved it and I’m so happy that I have tried the gin version. All you have to do is add about a third of a teaspoon to your gin once and watch it fizz and sparkle and show off the most beautiful mermaidy blue shimmer. It has a slightly sherbert taste to it which made the drink a little sweeter which I personally loved. Check out my Instagram images for a sneak peek at how it made my drink look.
Over Christmas I saw a buzz around the Lake Distillery Gin Baubles* and I did debate about buying some but when I had made my decision they’d sold out but I managed to lay my hands on one post Christmas which is absolutely adorable. You get 20cl of speciality gin within the bauble and the great thing is you can keep the bauble and keep filling it up right through to Christmas. The speciality gin has a mixed fruity and smoky smell but tasted really fresh and worked really well paired with an elderflower tonic.
The final gin related product I am absolutely loving is this Gin Mug* which features the slogan ‘There is a good chance this is gin’ which I think is so cool. Why not make people wonder what it is you’re really drinking… is it tea or is it just a gin and tonic?! No one will ever know!