Top 5 Gins of Lockdown July 31, 2020 11:01
There were a number of things the world went crazy for during lockdown - flour, yeast, pasta - but also gin! It's fascinating to look back and see what you were all drinking, and the distillers who kept you going, when life as we knew it became unrecognisable.
The artisan gins below were our best sellers during lockdown - we especially love that most of them are Scottish, with the exception of Brockmans. You have impeccable taste people!
Find out more about them all here, including Diane's recommendations on mixers and garnishes, and some alternatives that you may well enjoy equally as much!
Perth Gin. With juniper at the fore, the gin develops into spicy notes of coriander then the citrus of lemon and lime peel before finishing with aromatic, rich notes of cardamom, fennel, fresh ginger root and star anise. BUY NOW >>>
Try it with Cushiedoos tonic and a slice of blood orange or if you like the flavour of Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic, it works very well with that too.
If you like Perth Gin, try these: Pickerings Original 1947 or Kintyre
The Botanist. A highly distinctive, floral gin. No perfect serve – They say the variety of flavours and the complex, slow distillation create a gin that lends itself to many tastes and the garnish and mixer should be chosen to draw out whichever elements you prefer, be that floral, herbal, menthol or citrus. BUY NOW >>>
We suggest trying it with Fever-Tree Cucumber tonic and a slice of apple.
If you like the Botanist, try this: : Seven Crofts
Shetland Reel Simmer Gin. The nose opens with strong juniper followed by sweet orange. On the palate the juniper is reduced and it becomes sweet, very sweet orange and liquorice with a lingering finish. BUY NOW >>>
Delicious with Fever-Tree Original, a slice of orange and a sprig of rosemary.
If you like Shetland Reel Simmer Gin, try this: Valentia
Brockmans. Like no other, this is Ribena for grown-ups! The more traditional notes of gin are combined with a refreshing influence of citrus and aromatic wild blackberries and blueberries. BUY NOW >>>
Perfect with Fever-Tree Premium tonic, a twist of pink grapefruit peel and 2 blueberries. Alternatively try with ginger ale or neat over ice.
if you like Brockmans, try this: Bright Spirits Pips
Lind & Lime. Juniper provides the backbone, complemented by crisp and citrusy lime, and underpinned by earthy flavours of pink peppercorns. The result is deliciously complex, dry and thoroughly refreshing. BUY NOW >>>
Serve with Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic and a wedge of lime.
If you like Lind & Lime, try these: Persie Citrus or Redcastle