I have been selflessly testing out Gin for a couple of months now. I am not going to lie, it’s a tough job! But someone has to offer much-needed gin advice when there are so many choices on the market.
But it wasn’t always this way, there was a time I simply could not face gin. When we are in out twenties we all learn lessons as some stage don’t we? Well, my lesson was learnt with gin. A self-inflicted incident in 1995 with copious amounts of gin and tonic, a very long staircase and a Chinese meal. Something I really try to forget, that shaped my feelings for gin so much that I could not so much as look at a bottle for over 20 years. It was a sequence of events that has taken some getting over.
So when I decided 21 years later that actually I loved gin it was a huge surprise. If I am honest it felt a little like fate.
That is if you believe in such things as gin fate? I don’t think I did, but I most certainly do now. Have you ever been to an event that only has gin as a refreshment? I hear you mumbling, or even shouting “that is the perfect event”
For me at the time it wasn’t, visions of my gin history running through my head, but dying of thirst. It was a hot day in London, I had traveled for hours and was thirsty. I decided one small gin, just to quench my thirst. And wow! I loved it. All at once I feel in love with gin, and forgave it for letting me down all those years ago.
From there on with the help of the lovely people from 31 Dover I started on a lovely journey of gin discovery. Most Fridays I have celebrated gin Friday and shared a weekly gin and my thoughts on my Instagram feed.
I have discovered that I love the more fruity gins, and have been lucky to have not tried any horrors. However have also found I am not a fan of sloe gin. But there are a few gins that shine out from the rest and those are the ones I want to share today.
I have managed to narrow it down to 7. Its been tough, I nearly removed 1 because of the picture, but this post is all about the flavours. These are all gins I love for different reasons and have all earned a place in my gin cabinet.
Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin
I love the sweetness of Warner Edwards. Who would have though Rhubarb and Gin would go, but it so does. It is refreshing and sweet. Perfect for post dinner drinks of hot sunny afternoons.
Is more citrus in favour than berries. But really fresh and light And goes down a little too easy, the perfect bottle to always have in just in case. And at around £18 a bottle the most reasonable priced gin I have tried so far. Yet you would never know that, as the cost does not reflect the quality.
Cotswolds Distillery Dry Gin
Has a really strong but smooth taste of lemons and grapefruit. Cotswolds distillery dry gin reminds me of a spring day, the sort of gin you would drink when you want to feel energised. It has a wonderful kick that I just can’t describe.
This has such a different taste. Brockmans promise their gin tastes like no other and oh my, they are so right. The list of botanical’s is a surprising one, it is bursting with fruit but it’s not a fruit drink. And also had additional flavours such as almonds and liquorice. If I had to describe it; I would say every sip is like a fruit explosion it is divine. If you love gin you have to try this.
Rock Rose Original Scottish Gin.
Rock Rose is a very special gin. Is almost lemony in flavour yet dry, it so smooth, and so so tasty.
The Autumn Edition of Rock Rose
Is different to the original as the flavour is more berry infused rather than citrus, it is oh so good. Very easy to drink, and very light and smooth.
And lastly my first gin in over 20 years; Silent Pool
It is light and fresh almost dainty in taste, I had to look up what makes up this gorgeous light taste and was so surprised to find it was lavender, chamomile, citrus, and honey. This is different to all the gins I have tried so far, nowhere near as fruity but it is so fresh. I love it. And check out that bottle, omg it is a work of art.
This was a post I never thought I would write. It just goes to show, never say never. Of course this is only the start of my gin journey, there are so many to try. And I cant wait to share more of my gin faves with you soon. But for now out of all the gins I have tried those are my absolute faves and all worth the investment. Happy testing!
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