To celebrate the return of The Friday Gin Review on Gin & Griddle, we have a great gin review for you along with a chance to win a bottle of Whitley Neill to try for yourself. Whitley Neill was one of the very first gins I blogged about on Gin & Griddle, way back in September 2013. This is a more up to date review and blog on a gin I really love… Enjoy!
Launched in 2005, Whitley Neill is a premium London Gin, distilled in small batches in an antique copper pot still. An independent distillery since 1762 with many generations of family heritage, Johnny Neill is the distiller in situ right now and he has created an exotic and wonderful gin blend.
What makes this gin, different is summed up in Whitley Neill’s tagline – “Inspired by Africa, Made in England”. Whitley Neill gin contains two African botanicals – Baobab fruit and Cape Gooseberries as well as the more traditional and classic ones – juniper, coriander, lemon, orange, angelica root, cassia bark and orris root.
I love the bottle – the solid black, bold design makes it really stand out. It’s evocative and inspiring.
On the nose, citrus sweetness, a little florally and pepper… Tasting, there’s a spiciness and warmth which makes you think this is a very different Gin to others but then the more traditional gin flavours of citrus and a floral note come forth. The citrus goes quick quickly while the peppery spice lingers after the initial taste. A smooth, soft and balanced gin.
It’s quite light but full of interesting flavours and sensations, the zing of the citrus, a hit of coriander spice and the classic juniper and the difference that the African botanicals bring to this gin. A gin that is both sweet and bitter and it works so so well.
Whitley Neill makes for a wonderful Gin & Tonic, and pairs perfectly with slices of orange. The freshness and zing of the orange being very complimentary to the Gin. However I’ve really enjoyed it with thick wedges of lime, ice and tonic; not too much tonic water so that the gin doesn’t get overwhelmed. Another idea to garnish is with ginger – a contrasting spice to this gin and one that works well here. Or enjoy it very simply with no garnish. This gin can stand on it’s own with ice and tonic. To find out what Whitley Neill themselves recommend – they have a ‘serves’ section on their website with some great cocktail recipes and ideas.
*Competition now closed* WIN a bottle of Whitley Neill Gin – go to the Gin & Griddle Facebook Page to enter.
- Competition is open to all ROI (Republic of Ireland) residents only
- You must be aged over 18 to enter (proof of age will be required to claim prize)
- Prize cannot be redeemed for cash
- To enter go to the Gin & Griddle Facebook Page, like the page and comment on the competition post which is pinned to the top of the page
- To be entered into the draw to win you must complete both actions outlined above
- Competition closes midnight Sunday 4th October 2015
- Winner announced Monday 5th October 2015. I will contact you then for your full details to send you your prize!