Top 4 Gins
This top 4 Gins is in no particular order. Everyone who knows me knows I LOVE Gin and my nickname is now Ginny. I wanted to do a quick post on my favourite Gins although I love trying new ones and I am sure there are many craft Gins out there that I need to try!
Hopefully this gives a good overview of the type of Gin I enjoy and hopefully you can enjoy too.
Warner Edwards Elderflower Gin
Inspired by Tom’s mother Adèle, this is a very special gin which only uses fresh, handpicked elderflower from their farm in Northampton. The elderflower is harvested just once a year, which captures the very essence of a British summer’s day, from field to bottle in just a few short hours.
A beautifully balanced gin that is smooth, sweet and delicately fragrant with summer elderflower A spice at the beginning turns into notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and cardamom, with just a hint of chocolate. Classic gin notes of juniper and coriander come though on the finish. A spirit with a fine balance between bright gin notes and complex elderflower.. It's one of my favourites to enjoy.
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bath Tub Gin
Bathtub Gin is just the first in a range of gins from the Professor Ableforth series. Is a collection of gins a gaggle? A family of gins perhaps? Either way, it must be one giant bathtub…
Bathtub Gin has moved from being a single product to being part of The Ableforth Series (formerly The Professor Ampleforth series), which also contains an Old Tom Gin, a Sloe Gin, a Summer Fruit Cup, a Cask Aged version of Bathtub Gin and a Navy Strength Gin (as well as a few spirits outside of the Gin category).
While it began by being made in incredibly small quantities – between 30 and 60 bottles at a time – the popularity of the product grew to such an extent that Bathtub Gin is now made several hundred litres at a time in industrial IBC containers.
Bathtub Gin is made using a technique called cold compounding. Technically speaking, compound gin involves flavourings (such as botanicals) simply being added to neutral grain spirit and then filtered out before bottling. Although there are many other technicalities surrounding how it is done, ABV for example, in layman’s terms – compound gins just infuse whereas distilled gins infuse and then distil.
The gin is infused with six botanicals: juniper, coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling at the Master of Malt HQ in Tunbridge Wells. The final spirit is bottled at 43.3% ABV and has a slight hue caused by the infusion process.
An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 contains a unique ingredient. Cranberries! The 47 comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it's bottled at a healthy 47%.
This plethora of ingredients has paid off, and in 2011 Monkey 47 won the World Spirits Award Gold in the Gin category and Gold for best in class for the Gin Worldwide at the International Wine and Spirits Competition London. Its such a nice gin to drink and fantastic in a Martini!!
Bloom is a premium London Dry Gin from Greenall’s distillery portfolio. Infused with botanicals such as chamomile, honeysuckle and pomelo, the gin captures the uplifting sense of spring gardens. With a history dating back to 1761, G&J Greenall has evolved from its beginnings as a cottage industry to become Britain’s second largest distillery. Today, the company produces 7mn cases of spirit annually, boasting a world-class reputation for expertise and craftsmanship. This heritage, expertise and understanding was harnessed by head distiller, Joanne Moore (still one of the few female master distillers in the world) when creating Bloom Gin.
The gin is triple distilled and uses demineralised fresh spring water to reduce the spirit to a final bottling of 40% ABV. The selection of chamomile, pomelo and honeysuckle create a delicate floral balance in Bloom Gin. The orangey notes from the pomelo bring a lightness and freshness to the flavour, whilst the honeysuckle provides a rich smoothness and the chamomile adds a gentle floral softness to the gin. The use of juniper, angelica, coriander, cubeb berries round the gin and help keep it in the style of a London Dry.