Barry’s favourite are:

Mermaid Gin- From Isle of Wight Distillery, Mermaid Gin caused waves with their beautiful bottle. The gin is delicious too- they use local botanicals where possible including elderflower, rock samphire and Boadicea hops grown at the Ventnor Botanic Garden on the south of the Island. It’s a refreshing gin with citrus, spice and reminiscent of the sea. Barry met the owners a few years back and has loved it ever since.

Whitby Gin- Made in Whitby as a reflection of the North Yorkshire coast. Again, they use some local botanicals including Yorkshire Moors heather, sugar kelp and local honey. It’s a great, balanced gin that has a slight saltiness making it perfect for fish and chips. We used this on our virtual gin tasting and it was one of the favourites of the night.

Bobby’s Gin- Born out of family history, Bobby’s gin is a mixture of East meets West- traditional gin botanicals and spice. Botanicals include lemongrass, rose hips and cubeb peppers, distilled separately before being blended. It’s a bold but complex and some what delicate gin from its birth place.

Jeff’s favourites are:

Forest Gin- Made in Macclesfield by husband and wife team Lindsey and Karl. They go foraging for berries, moss and wild flowers in the Macclesfield forest and distill in tiny batches (a mere 85 bottles per batch!). Cut down with the purest spring water, it’s a beautifully balanced, exceptional gin.

Sir Robin of Locksley Gin- The list wouldn’t be complete without this local legend of a gin! Cynthia and John make an intensely smooth gin, distilled with grapefruit and elderflower. It took a lot of careful development (no.61 refers to the number of the recipe used), it’s no wonder it’s such versatile gin and loved by many.

Cotswolds Gin- Made in the idyllic Cotswolds, original set up as a whisky distillery, their gin was made as a means of creating revenue until the whisky was ready. However, their gin is fantastic. They use Cotswolds lavender, fresh citrus peel and bay leaf in higher concentrations to create a well rounded, complex gin that just keeps giving. We also used this on our tasting and it too was one the favourites of the night. 

Sarah’s favourites are:

Nordes- A gin from Galicia, they use Albarino grapes to make their base spirit. It’s then distilled with 11 different botanicals (6 Galician, 5 from overseas) including sage, eucalyptus, peppermint, hibiscus and ginger. it makes for a rich, complex gin full of favour. It’s a truly unique gin and there’s not a lot out there like it. 

Wild Island Gin- From the Isle of Colonsay to the North of Islay, it’s an island of contrast and beauty. It’s said you can experience all four seasons in a day. They use 16 botanicals in total, 6 of which are from Colonsay and include lemon balm, sea buckthorn and bog myrtle.  A smooth gin, reflecting the beauty of Colonsay, it’s earthy, floral and unique. 

Audemus Pink Pepper- Based in Cognac, Audemus are a little different for the region. Started by Aussie born and raised Miko who learnt his trade in Cognac, their aim was to move away from the straight forward styles. Miko was inspired by the likes of Sacred Gin (another great gin!) who used vacuum distilling as a way of preserving flavour. Made with 9 botanicals, pink peppercorns being key, cardamon and vanilla, it’s an aromatic, bold style of gin. They’re not your typical distillers, they make an umami spirit with capers and parmesan cheese!

My (Hannah) favourites are:

Forest Gin- Already mentioned under Jeff’s favourites, it’s also one of mine. It IS my favourite but I’m too indecisive to commit to that statement. It’s the gin I’d probably choose if I was only allowed to one type of gin for the rest of my life. It’s been a favourite from the beginning and I put that down to it being one of the first craft gins I’d had; nothing since has quite come close to it. My sentiment isn’t the thing that puts it so high up on the list though, it’s the gin itself that does that.

Blue Slate Gin- Made in Snowdonia in tiny batches by a lady called Jess, it’s quite possibly the cleanest gin we’ve ever had. We got this in as a recommendation from a customer and it was the best gin we had in 2019. Made with botanicals sourced, where possible, from Snowdonia and slate water from the mountain, Jess uses rosemary, raw heather honey and rhubarb as a replacement of citrus. It isn’t a rhubarb gin however, it’s an aromatic, piney fresh, floral yet citrusy gin. It’s simply beautiful.

Tarquin’s Gin- Made in Cornwall, in traditional copper pot stills sealed with bread dough, it’s dangerously drinkable. Made with violets, grapefruit and orange peel, it’s a floral style that’s deceptively smooth. Try their navy strength and be surprised at the 57% ABV! This too, like Forest, was one of the first craft gins I tried and I have been impressed with it ever since.

I’ll be honest, this took a long time to narrow down. Whilst these might be our current favourites, there’s a few other gins out there we love. Personally, I have a soft spot for Manchester Gin because I’m a northern girl and I think their gins are fab. It’s my boyfriend’s favourite gin too, he thinks it just tastes great however you drink it. Also, Manchester Raspberry is, in my opinion, the best flavoured gin out there. It’s a bold statement but one I’m willing to supoort. Hepple Gin is excellent because it’s so juniper driven and clean. Plus they are sustainable and have their own juniper trees. Mackmyra’s gins are amazing too, their Lab and Distillery is so unassuming but it’s full of delicious mango and the Kreator gin with Kreator tonic is a g&t on a whole other level. Some of my colleagues favourites are gins I also love, Mermaid, Whitby, Locksley, Cotswolds, Nordes, the list could go on.

 

Basically, our lists are ever changing. It can depend entirely on our mood at the time, who and how we’ll be drinking gin that influences our choices. But hopefully this will give you an idea of some of the things we’ll be enjoying today and some of our personal favourites.

We hope you’re having a lovely day enjoying gin and if gin isn’t your thing, it’s also National Rosé day too (we didn’t realise, there’s too many dates to keep up with)! You can browse our gin range below. Cheers!

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StarmoreBoss x

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