Gin is (still) having a moment and new Gins are popping up all the time, including some homegrown ones this year, Shortcross Gin from Northern Ireland, Waterford’s Blackwater Distillery and Glendalough Distillery Gin.
We have enjoyed a few (ahem!) different Gins during 2014, all for you and in the name of research of course! This is our pick of the ones we really enjoyed:
A gin made in Spain full of Mediterranean botanicals with lots of herbs, basil, thyme and rosemary. Serve with a garnish of basil leaf or a sprig of rosemary, lots of ice and tonic… refreshing and different to many of the gins on the market, Gin Mare is a definite favourite here…
Crafted by Beefeater’s Master Distiller, Desmond Payne, and made in London, this is a wonderful Gin. Including Japanese Sencha and Chinese Green Tea make this Gin stand out from the crowd with a more complex flavour and taste. Serve with a garnish of pink grapefruit to really enjoy it although equally nice with a slice of lime.
Elk Rider & Copperwave
Elk Rider Gin is made by The Heritage Distilling Co. in Gig Harbor, Washington State, USA. Classic and traditional Gin flavours abound in this Gin.
To the other side of the world, in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia you will find Hunter Distillery and their Copperwave Gin. A traditional London style Gin, aromatic and smooth, there’s juniper, citrus and liquorice, with hints of spiciness with cardamom and nutmeg.
Both Gins are distilled in small batches at these boutique distilleries – it’s always nice to try something a bit more unique than the normal Gins you find in off licences, airports and supermarkets.
Back to the mainstays of the Gin world and Tanqueray is just one of those consistently good Gins, a great higher end staple for your Gin shelf. Within the Tanqueray family, you will find Tanqueray Rangpur – Indian inspired with the rare Rangpur lime, bursting with citrus flavours and herby hints. This is easy drinking Gin at its best
Last Christmas we had a Gin tasting evening at home with a few friends and this Gin won hands down! An organic Gin created in small batches in Munich, Germany, The Duke is full of the traditional Gin flavours, crystal clear, lots of juniper, slightly floral.
Saffron Gin is produced in Dijon, France by Gabriel Boudier, a French distillery. Standing out with its bright orange hue, this is a delightful Gin, best served with slices of orange, tonic and ice, but also a great cocktail ingredient. This is also a Gin you could enjoy on its own, ‘on the rocks’.
So there you have it, our picks of Gin during 2014 – there’s lots more out there, some we’ve tried, most we haven’t… so here’s to a Gin filled 2015… Happy New Year!