Living up to the blog name as ‘Gin & Griddle’, I thought I better get on with reviewing some of the many many gins that line up along my drinks shelf … This gin, Whitley Neill, is relatively new to me. I came across it first in The Gin Palace, a bar in Dublin that like the name suggests serves a lot of Gins, 82 in fact including serving Gin sampler trays, a great way to try a few different ones of an evening.
So to the gin at hand, Whitley Neill… launched in 2005, it is a premium London Gin, distilled in small batches in an antique copper pot still, near Birmingham. What makes this gin, different is summed up in the 1st part of it’s ‘tagline’ – “Inspired by Africa, Made in England”… It contains two African botanicals, Baobab fruit and Cape Gooseberries that gives the gin an exotic element when tasting. The other botanicals are the more traditional and classic – juniper, coriander, lemon, orange, angelica root, cassia bark and orris root.
At first taste, its citrusy, followed by the exotic spice and warmth, and is overall very smooth and (far too!) easy drinking. It leaves a trace of the spice behind, subtle and more earthy than at first taste. A traditional Gin & Tonic is normally served with Lemon or Lime and indeed cucumber is becoming more ‘mainstream’ with the Hendricks marketing campaigns. However with Whitley Neill I would serve it with slices of orange instead, The freshness and zing of the orange is very complimentary to the Gin and looks very pretty in the glass. If you have nothing to add other than ice and tonic, the citrus freshness of the gin can stand alone too.
Whitley Neill is a great aperitif gin, medium bodied, perfect way to start an evening. I hope more bars in Dublin will start to stock these different, boutique Gins…
If you want to read more about Whitley Neill, I found the following blogs good reads:
Whitley Neill are on Twitter also should you wish to follow or learn more – @WhitleyNeill
In Dublin, you will find Whitley Neill stocked in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum and the Celtic Whiskey Shop, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and price wise somewhere around €38/€40. It’s a premium gin, so you will pay more than regular Gins, but absolutely worth it.
Note: My photos above are with the older version of the bottle. The newer black bottle is infinitely more stylish and can’t wait to add it to my drinks shelf, it will look very pretty up there! Enjoy…