Joined In Jun 2020
This is a beautiful example of a rose gin. Light and refreshing, and full of flavour. Lovely neat and with tonic but all excellent in cocktails. Perfect for balmy sunny evenings sat on a balcony or terrace. Named after the iconic Sainte Marie lighthouse which marks the southern entrance to the old port of Marseille, from where 19th century Salcombe Fruit Schooners would load citrus fruits and herbs bound for England’s ports. This distillery is situated on the estuary at Salcombe, Devon and has a distillery, Gin School and bar and is known for boating gin to the rich and famous when their yachts come to the harbour. I can’t wait to visit it I’m person.
I have two bottles of Mackintosh Gin. The first bottle, Mackintosh Scottish Gin I won in an instagram competition; and the second bottle, The Old Tom, I bought because the first was so good. I love everything about ‘this distiller. They are a true small batch gin distiller run as a family affair. Their batches are only 300 bottles, and everything they do has the personal touch. From the little thank you notes handwritten by Debs and Jim, to their Instagram channel with videos of their daughters showing how to make cocktails, they truly are all about loving and being passionate about the Gin. So what does it taste like? Well, the Scottish Gin (red label) it’s a true gin with big hits of juniper and citrus back note and it’s so creamy and smooth. The Old Tom (Gold Label) is a brilliant cocktail Gin which I love with lemonade over ice and occasionally as a sipping gin. It’s pineapple notes shine through but again it’s so so smooth. I have not tried the Mariner Strength (blue label), but I will be buying it soon. If you haven’t tried this distiller, your money will be well spent with this gin.
Poetic license have been around a little while and I have watched them with interest over the last year or so. They produce some wacky sounding gins which are fun, but rarely are they gimmicky on the tongue. I have their Psycho Path liqueur which is blood red and flavoured as raspberry ripple and delicious. Their Club Tropicana Gin which transports you to the beach when you drink it, you can imagine the palm trees and juicy pineapples and mangoes it’s just next level deliciousness and I also have their Honey Bee Blossom gin which is one of my absolute favourites. It’s just heaven in a glass. They keep producing the most fantastical of flavours and they’re not too expensive either, in fact, I think the honey bee is reduced at £30 at the moment, but be quick it’s a rarities gin and will go out of stock. (Price correct as at 02/07/20) ****Feb 21, and I have just been gifted their Yorkshire Forager Gin which is a collaboration with Alysia Vasey - this Gin is beautiful. Delicate, Floral and with a hint of citrus. A lovely smooth gin on the tongue. A gin I highly reccomend from this distiller, and along with the Honeybee Gin is a favourite of mine.****
I was bought the Isle of Harris gin and hi-ball glasses set by my sons for Mother’s Day. It’s not one I’d have bought by myself as it’s an the pricey side but I'm so glad my boys bought it. It’s so delicious and smooth. It needs nothing but itself and a light tonic as the gin just sings. The glasses are so special too. Everything comes sustainably packaged and it’s very environmentally friendly. This is probably my favourite gin that I own. I would buy it for the price, as I think it’s totally worth it! So head on over to their webpage and get it in your basket, you’ll be glad you did.
I have had a couple of things from Eden Mill, and one of their liqueurs was one of my very first bottles of gin. Raspberry Vanilla and Meringue Liqueur - I first tasted Eden Mill at The Gin To My Tonic Show in Liverpool a couple of years ago and really liked their gins. I purchased the Raspberry, Vanilla & Meringue Liqueur because it was so tasty and had a cakey flavour to it. Since then my palate has changed and it is no longer to my taste which is a shame. So I have given this 4 stars instead of 5 because if you are a seasoned Gin drinker this liqueur may not be for you. This is for a sweeter tooth and would be good with a dessert. Ready to Drink Cocktail Tins - I purchased a few packs of the ready to drink cocktail tins when they were on offer and sadly because they are metal bottles when they came they were badly bashed. I contacted Eden Mill and within a couple of hours, I had a re-delivery email with another batch sent out to me which were well packaged and only very slightly dented (the delivery driver was heavy-handed). I really couldn't have asked for better customer service, so highly recommend this company for this aspect of their business. The cocktails were tasty and nice. and perfect for a picnic or when wanting a drink on the move, although you would need a bottle opener. I do not consider them the best on the market, but they certainly are better than the supermarket brands. Eden Mill has great offers on periodically and you can get their Gins in Aldi for very reasonable prices.
The first thing that hits you and is the biggest draw is the bottle design. A very clever way to draw people into the brand. The bottles are truly stunning and must cost a pretty penny to produce. The fish scales and the subtle change in colour depth are fabulous and this along with the gold lettering, eco-friendly cork and neck label is what drew me to purchase the pink gin. I like this gin but its not my favourite pink gin. Its flavour is sweet, and if i'm honest a little artificial, but this could be how my palate has changed as I remember loving it the first time I drank it. I would say its a high end pink gin as it rises above the Gordons and Beefeaters, but its not the best on the market. The Blue Mermaid Gin, is something else, now I really enjoy this gin. The taste is zesty and peppery and the rock samphire gives it a real beachy feel. I absolutely adore this Gin. Its not a cocktail gin, its a G&T gin and is beautiful with a regular Indian or light tonic. It needs nothing more. I do think its a little pricey, but the bottle design more than makes up for this, and it is as eco-friendly as possible which is not cheap to achieve. I have seen people turn these bottles into goblets and lamps, so you can do a lot with them after you have finished with the gin.
I first met the people at Collagin at the Gin to my Tonic Show in Liverpool and I have to say that I was quite drunk by the time I got to them, and could only grasp that there isn't actually enough collagen in the gin to get rid of the road map that is my face! However, since then I have purchased a bottle of the their Collagin Rose Gin and I have to say that I am very happy with my purchase. I really love the gentle rose flavour of this gin and if you mix it with lemonade or a lemon tonic (not Sicilian lemon) you get a slight Turkish Delight vibe which I love. Its not too sweet, its just right. The gin is smooth and velvety and gives a good mouth feel. It is made up of 11 botanicals and does have pure collagen added. The bottle is a beautiful square glass bottle with a glass stopper. It looks like a large perfume bottle. The only negative is that its fairly pricey for a 50cl bottle at £34.99, but if you look out on their FB and Insta pages you can get occasional good discount codes. I think I got mine with 10% off on a FB Gin forum.
Murphy's Gin, Liverpool is a fairly new brand of gin to come out of Liverpool in 2019. They have hit the market with a big bang and their Original gin has just won a London Spirits Competition (LSC) Silver award which is incredible considering how young this brand is. They have three gins in their range, the Original (Green Label); Pomegranate & Kaffir Lime (Red Label); & Orange and Passionfruit (Orange Label). Their gins are produced in small stills producing batches of only 50 bottles each. My favourite of their gins is the Pomegranate and Kaffir Lime Gin - such a delicious, refreshing and easy to drink Gin that sings on the tongue. The lime and the pomegranate work well together to give you a zingy yet balanced flavour. The gin is smooth and gives a good mouth-feel. The original Gin is my next in line and this is a great G&T gin, but holds its own in a good Martini. Smooth, but juniper-forward. Piney Juniper is followed by the citrusy from grapefruit, with a bit of black pepper spiciness at the back. The last flavour to hit the group and is my least favourite, but only because its not suited to my palate, is the Orange and Passionfruit Gin. This is quite bitter for me but I think its just because I am geared more towards the sweeter gin. I know that this is favourite amongst many friends so this is the fault of my palate rather than a fault of the gin. Their branding is really good, using environmentally friendly products where possible. I love the glass and I am the proud owner of it. I have marked these guys 4 out of 5 for the price as they average around £33.95 (Master of Malt as of 20/07/20), a bottle but the bottle is only a 50cl. Give this gin a go, you won't be disappointed.
I was kindly sent a sample of Anfield Gin by Chelsey to taste and review. This gin is named as a strawberry blush which I was very excited about. I love the branding on this Gin and the colour of the gin is pink and clear. On the neat taste, I was quite shocked as I expected a sweet taste and found it a little bitter and it reminded me of an original Pink Gin made with Bitters. I then tried it with a light tonic and it was OK, but I still got the bitterness and it didn't blow me away. However, I then tried this with Rose Lemonade and it knocked my socks off! This is such a gorgeous drink. I think that the distillation process has given this gin the taste of an old fashioned pink gin, which is not really suited to my sweet palate, but as soon as you add some sweetness in the lemonade it pops! The juniper comes through neat or mixed, and I think this pink Gin would make a gorgeous cocktail Gin. I come from Liverpool only a couple of miles from where this gin is produced, and I have to say I am proud that Liverpool has such a lovely gin associated with it. Well done Mark & Chelsey, I can't wait to see what else you produce.
Liverpool Gin is fairly local to me being made and bottled about a mile away from where I live at Halewood Vintners. This gin is a reliable staple that I have the full range of. There are a number of variations which are London Dry, Rose Petal, Valencian Orange, lemongrass, and the Three Graces Limited Edition Bottles (London Dry). As far as taste goes, that depends on your palette. I’m not much of a fan of the lemongrass, but the rest are all lovely, but my absolute fave in this range is the Rose Petal. Delicate, floral and very tasty. Liverpool also have a distillery tour and bar in the centre of Liverpool on Castle St. This is a gorgeous bar, with gorgeous cocktails. Fairly pricey but then all good gin cocktails are at the moment. When lockdown finishes I will be going to the distillery for a tour, so watch this space for details. .
I visited Whitby last year and purchased a bottle of the gorgeous Whitby Dry Gin in its new bottle just after the rebrand, and then I was lucky enough to get the Demeter Gin in the Craft Gin Box in October. I had lot of trouble finding the gin in Whitby becasue there is no store or distillery, but I know that they are now working on that. The Dry gin is lovely and smooth and has notes of honey and heather along with piney juniper and hints of citrus. The Demeter ginis fairly peppery but also fruity and also very delicious. You can rely on Whitby to provide good quality gin in beautifully branded bottles, and their glassware is also amazing.
I was recently gifted three of the Copper In the Clouds minitures for my birthday by my Sons girlfriend and a large bottle of the Flowerbomb Gin from my Husband for Christmas. All of these are great gins with their own individual flavour profiles. They are smooth and tasty and exactly how advertised. The Flowerbomb gin is a floral delight but well balanced and delicious, the Lychee and Raspberry is fruity, but not sweet, and I hsvent tasted the other two yet, but I know they will be lovely. The branding is spectacular, I really didnt want to open them and am afraid to get the bottle jackets dirty or wet. You really can't go wrong with this brand, really give them a go and you will be delighted. 5 star reviews all round for this brand.
I was lucky enough to be contacted by Roland at Gin D'Azure and he kindly sent me the gin to sample and review. This gin is exactly what it claims to be which is sunshine in a glass. Juniper forward, and herbal but not too much and the lemon cuts straight through it and gives it a clean, fresh mouthfeel. I was so pleased to try this gin, its not one i may have ordinarily gone for because its not a local gin, but i'm so glad i did. I would be really missing out not having this in my collection. The branding is reminiscent of the flavours, its fun, fresh and if you close your eyes whilst drinking it you could be on the beach or a verander in the South of France. I have made a Martini with it and had it as a Gin and Tonic with Fevertree light Mediteranean tonic, and honstly the G&T wins it for me. The gin is too nice on its own to be mixing it in cocktails. If you want to try something that is fresh and tasty, then you cant go wrong with this one. At £34.95 on Master of Malt (26/02/21), then its reasonaby priced for its quality. I dont tend to give that many 5 star reviews but I really do love this, its now on my favourites list.
I have admired the branding of Thunderflower Gin for some time so I bought a bottle using my Sip & Share membership when there was an offer on. This gin comes in the most beautiful eco-friendly and sustainable packaging and everything is done by hand, and has the personal touch. The gin whilst juniper forward is different to what I expected. Its peppery, yet foral, and herbal but very smooth. I served it with a light tonic and the flavour just sang. I completly understand why this gin has won so many awards, its such good quality , yet surprising as the flavours are not how you expect. It leaves you wanting more, and is just delicious. This gin is from Teignmouth, Devon and is very small batch. I've marked it as 4 star on pricing because it is a little pricey at £39.95 on Master of Malt as of 26/02/21, but to be honest the quality and awards means it deserves its price tag.
Its not often that a new Gin comes on the market and makes a massive explosion and delivers on everything it promises, but Emerald Gin from Heald Green in Manchester have done exactly that with both of their gin expressions. They launched their London Dry Gin in the Green label in December to a masive bang. I had watched in wonder whilst they built their distillery in their garden and it was a marketing triumph and drew people in. Clearly a family affair and a true small batch distiller, they put the personal touch into everything they do. The bottles are hand labeled, they include hand written thank you notes when you buy from them and its just a lovely way to do business. So how does it taste, their Green Label and signature Gin is a great and typical London Dry, smooth, citrusy, but also warming and slightly peppery at the back.This is perfect for a classic G&T and good in a Martini. Its a favourite of my London Dry's, and in my top 5 list. Their Pink expression launched in February in time for Valentines Day and I was so happy to get this. Its is just gorgeous. Juniper at the fore but with Strawberries and Lime coming through and it lingers so well on the tongue. Its not a sweet pink, its very well balanced and the flavours shine, without sugar spoiling the effect. This is in my top 2 pink gins, and i just love it. Both these gins are between £35 & £38 and are averaged priced, but honestly for the quality and personal touch with the wrappings and the hand written notes, its well worth the spend. Well done Gareth & Scott and all of your team, you are doing amazing in your first year and I cannot wait to see what else you come up with.
I purchased the Pineapple Gin from Agnes Arber because I adore Pineapple and its not often you come across a Yellow Bottle and wanted it for my collection. I wasn't sure what to expect but had seen good reviews from other accounts on Instagram so went for it. I am so glad I did, it is delicious. If you want a fruity tropical drink, then this is the one for you. It makes a mean Gin-A-Colada and is so very drinkable. On the nose i get Grapefruit and Pineapple but there are the usual botnaicals also present, juniper, cassia and angelica. In the mouth the pineapple and Grapefruit really sing and its reminiscent of Lilt but oh so sophisiticated. It is a really good summery Gin but i have been drinking it this winter as it warms me up and reminds me of the summer. This gin is very reasonably priced, and on Amazon 26/02/21 its £27.50 plus postage, which for the quality is a great price. No personal touches when I bought this gin but it arrived without any trouble and from Amazon so didn't expect any hand written notes.
I purchased my botle of No.186 Berries and Honey via my Sip & share membership, and it is a gerat buy. Its a deliciously sweet but balanced Gin with flavours of Raspberries, Vanilla, Honey, Elderflower, and Hibiscus, along with citrus and juniper. It is sweet, but not overly so, and the juniper comes through gently but it is there. This gin is a gorgeous fresh drink perfect for warm sunny days. I served it with tonic, but it wuld hold its own with a premium lemonade also. It would be great in cocktails as the main ingredient and could be drunk over ice as well as a long drink. There is a host of possibilites with this Gin, so give it a try and get experimenting.
I have been using Zest Co Garnishes for some time now and they are just brilliant. Fresh, and delicious, when you open the packets the smell is just amazing. My absolutely favourite are the Blood Oranges, but I have had citrus mix, lemons, juniper berries, raspberries, strawberries, limes, oranges, and grapefruits. You get a decent amount in the packs and they are really good value for money. Sarah gives great customer service too and is always on hand to answer any questions you may have. Give these garnishes a go, they are really great.
Rascal Gin is a Liverpool based distiller which is very close to where I live. Its run by Dan who has poured his heart and soul into his Gins and the results are brilliant. I have both editions of his gin, the Original in the Brown bottle, and the Blood & Passion in the Orange bottle. Both Gins have passionfruit as the base, and this workes really well with the juniper. The original is fresh and delicious and dry. The Blood & Passion is very bold and bright, and the flavours are very strong. I prefer the original of the two but both are great gins. I am looking forward to their new developments. These Gins are £36 on their website and are an excellent quality gin.
Zymurgorium distillery is based in Manchester and has a wealth of different flavours of Gin and they sell both Liqueurs and Gins. I have about 9 different bottles of these Gins and can honestly say I don't think there are any I don't like. I have bought these as gifts too as they are reasonably priced. My favourite Gin that they make is the Marmalade Gin, and my favourite Liqueur is the Turksih Delight. They have so many different flavours, and there is something for everyone. I love their branding too, very distinctive and fun. Don't be fooled though, they are not gimmicky, they are delicious, and I highly recommend them.
I purchased Tatanic Gin from Belfast Gin Distillery as I just loved the label on the bottle. This Gin won a Silver Award Medal in the 2019 World Gin awards. This gin is a proper Gin, juniper forwrd frollowed by coriander and citrus tones. There is orange and lemon zest and also has a slightly sweet yet warming tone from spicy flax seed. This is one of my go-to gins when I just want to relax and unwind. Its comforting and high quality.
I was lucky enough to win a bottle of the Kuro Signature Gin in a giveaway on Instagram, and I was immediately drawn to the bottle. The bottle design is exquisite, black, sleek and thewatermak of the japanese logo is lovely. The gin itself is delicious, piney, and fresh yet aromatic. I'm not the best at explaining flavours but this has botanicals such as Silver Birch, Bamboo, and spruce. I made a beautiful cocktail on a live tastig with the distiller called the Shiro Lady and it is amazing. This gin is a great gin as a long drink with a premium tonic; it would be good with Ginger ale, and it is an amazing cocktail Gin too. Its no wonder they have won lots of awards for this gin.
I was very lucky to be sent a sample pack of Garnishes from the lovely Lou at Lous Handmade Kitchen. She sent me some citrus slices, raspberries and strawberries, all dehydrated. Really well packaged and the smell when you open the box is goregous. Very fresh and aromatic (i can only imagine how her kitchen must smell). I used an orange slice in an oriental Gin and it was the perfect accompniament, Really great garnishes, that are tasty and divine.
A brand new gin on the block, distilled in March 21 in Sunderland, by a sister and brother who are fellow gin lovers. The gin is juniper forward with citrus top notes and earl grey tea that mellows it so well, and gives it a smooth finish. This gin is exceptionally good, and surprising for a new venture. The artwork on the bottle is special and handrawn, and the packaging is all eco-friendly. I served it with Elderflower tonic over ice with a slice of lemon and it was a delicious gin. I have also had this in a hot toddy with honey and lemonade and it was just delicious. There are lots of options with this gin, and it will make a great martini and negroni too. I hope you give this one a chance, it well worth its £39.95.
I was very lucky to win a bottle of the Honeybee gin in an instagram comp along with glasses, and this is probably one of my most favourite gins. The honey is a perfect balance and the gin is not to sweet. Juniper sings through and mixes well with a slightly herbal tone. I purchased a bottle of Warners Raspbery Gin and it is very suited to my pallate. Its rich and delicious and very tasty. Juniper forward yet the raspberry sings through. The packaging for this company is always eco-friendly and the company is all about sustainability which is close to my heart. The branding and design of their glasses is fantastic and they seem to be on point with every aspect of their business. If you get a chnace to visit this distillery you should, I will be trying as soon as the place opens after covid - as their virtual tour was amazing. .
I have to admit it was the bottle that made me purchase the Sixtowns gin, as it is made out of ceramic and is reminiscent of a Kiln which is a shoutout to the town where it is made’s history, Stoke on Trent. Being one of the six towns in the Staffordshire borough and with a long history of pottery it seems very fitting to have their gin presented in a kiln. So what is the gin like? Well simply put it’s delicious. A great juniper forward gin with a citrus twist and very very delicious. I have used it in the classic Gin & Tonics and I have used it in cocktails. It’s a gem of a gin and you can’t go wrong. The price is the same as many a premium gin and given the bottle it comes in, I’d say it’s worth it. These bottles are amazing for recycling into lamps, vases and well just to be reused as ornaments. I hope you try this one as you won’t be disappointed.
Sloe gins are almost always liqueurs and this one is 20% abv. The fact that it’s a liqueur tells you that it’s sweeter than a standard gin but this Sloe gin liqueur is different to most as it’s not overly sweet. This Sloe gin is rich and fruity and the owners of the company forage for all their ingredients which makes it extremely fresh. Most people think that Sloe Gin is only for winter and I was tasked with making summer cocktails with this liqueur and I made a few. It makes wonderful summer cocktails as it’s fruity and jammy but I actually like to drink it on its own over ice. It’s also amazing in hot toddy’s, or in a mulled wine too. Such a delicious liqueur and when it’s on its own you can taste the fruit better in my humble opinion, and I have a tradition that Sloe Gin is drunk on a Christmas Eve after everything is done and we’re waiting for the big man in the red hat to arrive 😊.
I came across CBA gins at The Gin To My Tonic festival in Liverpool in June 21 and they had only been going for 2 weeks. The guys that run this business are amazing, inspiring and fun. They draw their inspiration from places they have been and working with Silentpool have bottles it up with the most fantastic designs. At time of writing this review there were 2 gins in their portfolio, Marrakech Gin & California Gin. Two very different gins. The Marrakech is easily my favourite, bright spicy flavours give this gin and interesting flavour profile that makes you want to go back for more. It’s zesty, warm and fun to drink. The bottle is just gorgeous and comes design inspired by the agafays steps in Marrakech. The California Gin is full of rich intense orange flavours, based on Valencia oranges that gives it a fresh and bold flavour. The bottle design is based on the Orange and is reminiscent of the Californian beach vibes and lovely sticky cocktails by the pool! Please give these a go, they are simply fantastic!
I had been looking at this gin a while but never purchased until they changed their bottle design and re-launched their Lin Gin. I’m a sucker for a pretty bottle and this is a divine bottle design. The cut glass is next level. The gin tastes just as good and is 43% abv. The gin is juniper forward and has a herby and citrus quality to it with warming pepper at the back. However, it’s exceptionally smooth and doesn’t burn when sipping neat. The flavours are bold but are not overpowering and they are well balanced. This is a classic London dry gin and a great addition to anybody’s collection. The perfect serve is one part gin to three parts tonic and I have to agree that it is lovely.
Turncoat Gin is a bit of a staple for me as they are based in my home town of Liverpool. They have a fantastic Bar & Pizzeria on The Albert Dock and have a fab selection of gins in their portfolio. They regularly collaborate with other businesses for new gins and I am yet to try a bad one. There are two favourites for me in their portfolio though, and these are The Albert Dock Gin which is my go to Gin, and the Dragon Tears which I absolutely love as it’s different to any other gin on the market. The Albert Dock Gin has a cool label with lots of different Liverpool based connections in it. The gin is juniper forward with a good citrus kick from kaffir lime which is one of my fave ingredients. The Dragon Tears gin is juniper forward but has more of a floral herby quality to it which comes from the Jasmin bud called a dragon tear. Every gin I have tried from Turncoat is different, and good. Our man in Sicily is very citrus based, they have a Chai Tea gin, the Cascade Gin, the quisling pink gin and their Turncoat Gin. I defy you to not be able the find a gin you like in their collection. Oh and the pizzas are pretty great too. In the summer they have an outside eating area but inside is a basement and it has huge arched ceilings and is very beautiful imho. The Pizza oven is massive and they are delicious. So if you’re in Liverpool you should give them a try. If not you can buy their very reasonably priced Gin online. They have a weekly deal and they are reasonably priced for the quality of gin you’re getting.
Wow this is the first gin I have tried as a shot (yes, I know hard to believe), and I have to say it is epic. Lovely and smooth and a delicious light cherry flavour that is not overpowering at all. The juniper is there front and centre with the cherry blossom at the back, but my what a fabulous gin. It’s not sweet in anyway in fact it’s ever so slightly herbaceous and it leaves you wanting another. It’s flavour is lovely on the tongue afterwards and not overpowering like other shots. I also have to pay homage to the amazing shot glass! This is so nice to handle and use and it’s a shape of glass I don’t have in my collection. I really think this is a lovey gin that you should have in your collection and seriously shot it, don’t mix it. I know you can but really it doesn’t need it. I can see this being gone very very quickly in our household! 😂 With Christmas coming this would also make a good Christmas present for any budding bartenders out there, or for those who love a good shot!