5 gin brands you need to know #London #Gin #SecretGinGarden
Charlotte Elizabeth discovers the UK’s hottest gin brands.
I’ll begin with a confession; I’ve never loved gin. But some quick internet research taught me that gin is one of the broadest categories of spirits, featuring various flavour profiles, styles and origins. So attending the Speakeasy Series Secret Gin Garden event, I figured I must be able to find one I really like, and it turns out I found five.
The Speakeasy Series Secret Gin Garden was a delight for anyone gin-curious or gin-fanatical; the evening showcased a curated selection of gins, presented by industry and brand experts who shared their knowledge of botanicals, distillation processes and flavour palettes
I learnt from the experts at Masters of Malt what makes a London Dry, uncovered the buzz behind the Instagram favourite Pink Gin, and sampled unusual gin’s from faraway places. But after travelling the world via beverage, I returned to share my favourite UK gins. I recommend everyone grab a highball and some citrus to try…
Made in the heart of London, Marylebone Gin is crafted from the purest grain spirit and carefully selected botanicals from around the globe, offering a unique balanced flavour. Sweet orange peel from Turkey, Liquorice root from Spain, Italian Juniper Berries and Indonesian Cassia Bark all shine through in the delicious London Dry.
The award-winning One Gin is copper distilled and blended with English sage to give a smooth, aromatic taste, with hints of orange marmalade. To give you extra reason to enjoy a One Gin cocktail, 10% of profits from each bottle sold are donated to fund life-changing water projects in the world’s poorest countries, helping to tackle the global water crisis.
Inspired by the Picts, thought to be the first tribal settlers in Scotland, this premium gin features a 16-botanical blend including damask rose and pomelo. Theodore Pictish Gin is distilled in an old charentais still, and named after a 16th-century engraver, connecting ancient legends with present day and providing a unique history lesson to accompany happy hour.
Made in Suffolk, the wild herbs and botanicals found in Fishers have been sustainably sourced and foraged from the Suffolk coastline, making each batch unique. Oxford-educated botanist James Firth picks and dries the ingredients, including Samphire and Spignel, at the optimum time for taste and aroma. Fishers take care to replant the botanicals they take to avoid disruption.
Not a gin, but a mixer – after four excellent gin recommendations you will need to stock up. London Essence makes a delicious selection of classic and flavoured mixers to perfectly accompany your gin of choice, all low in calories and with naturally sourced sweetness. My favourites are the Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic and Rhubarb & Cardamom Soda. Cheers.
Before attending the Speakeasy Series Secret Gin Garden I was not a gin lover, but maybe now I am!