3rd to 5th March, 2017 - Gin Festival
GIN TASTING NOTES with suggested garnishes
Served with Schweppes or Fever-Tree tonics where you can choose between Premium Tonic, Naturally Light, Elderflower or Mediterranean Lemon. Or try Cawston’s Rhubarb or even Ginger Ale.
You can buy these gins for £2.10/single or £3.70/double.
Tonics are £1.60 for Fever-Tree or £1.10 for Schweppes.
GORDONS – 37.5%. The house gin. You all know this one.
GARNISH: Pick any of the tonics plus lemon or lime.
LARIOS GIN – 37.5%. A popular Spanish gin.
GARNISH: Slice of lemon or lime with a sprig of coriander.
PORTHOS SPANISH GIN – 38.0%. A classic gin for a G&T. Botanicals include ginger, coriander & citrus fruits.
GARNISH: Lemon or lime slice with a sprig of coriander.
The Main Event.
The following are all quality gins & can be bought for £3.60/single. The SPECIAL FESTIVAL PRICE is however £10.00 for 3.
Tonics are £1.60 for Fever-Tree or £1.10 for Schweppes.
BATH TUB AMERICAN AGED GIN – 43.3%. Made by a process of cold compounding (infusing) and slightly tinted by its botanicals, which include the juniper, which gives way to cardamom and cinnamon, with a late burst of orange peel. A multi award winning American gin – Bold in flavour & perfume.
GARNISH: Lemon slice & a sprig of rosemary.
CRUXLAND GIN – 43.0%. A South African gin, infused with Kalahari truffles. A pure grape gin, with nine botanicals, including rooibos & heuningbos.
GARNISH: Slice of lemon with a sprig of coriander.
EDINBURGH GIN – 43.0% Distilled with heather, milk thistle & pine. A full juniper hit complemented by the ensuing heathery notes, gives a Scottish twist. Neat, there are a lot of spiced notes coming to the fore, giving the gin a warm feel, yet it retains a smooth feel.
GARNISH: Slice of Orange.
EAST LONDON LIQUOR CO. – LONDON DRY GIN – 40.0%. Made with 100% wheat spirit & infused with a selection of botanicals, including lemon and grapefruit peel, cubeb berries, cardamom, coriander, angelica root & Macedonian juniper berries. Interestingly, hints of olive can be detected.
GARNISH: Lemon slice & coriander leaf.
GABRIEL BOUDIER SAFFRON GIN – 40.0%. From Dijon, France. The saffron gives this gin a delicate spicy character. The addition of coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, iris & fennel create a complex taste.
GARNISH: Peach slice.
JAWBOX BELFAST GIN – 43.0%. Jawbox claims to be Ireland’s first single estate gin, with the grain used to make the spirit coming from the Echlinville Estate. 10 botanicals are used, including, juniper, lemon, cubeb, angelica, coriander, cassia & Black Mountain heather. Bold in flavour, the peppery juniper starts it off, followed by fragrant angelica and citrus. Fresh pine with cardamom add a hint of spice.
GARNISH: Lemon slice and a sprig of thyme.
JENSEN'S BERMONDSEY GIN – 43.0%. A Bermondsey gin, which is slightly sweeter and uses less juniper than a London gin. Bermondsey makes a superb Martini, with a rich, tangy flavour and an incredible nose.
GARNISH: Slice of green apple.
JINZU – 41.3%. Jinzu Gin is a Scottish made, Japan inspired gin with an English woman at its heart. Designed by bartender Dee Davies for Diageo’s Show Your Spirit competition in 2013 (which it went on to win), this is an example of East meets West, traditional gin botanicals joining cherry blossom, yuzu and sake for a distinctive gin.
GARNISH: Orange or apple.
KINROSS TROPICAL & EXOTIC GIN – 40.0%. A Spanish, triple distilled fruity gin. Botanicals include bitter orange, mango, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple & yuzu.
GARNISH: Just a sprig of mint.
PUERTO de INDIAS STRAWBERRY GIN – 37.5%. Made with Huelva Andalusian strawberries. A very soft, delicate gin with a slight aniseed aroma from the alembic stills where the gin is produced.
GARNISH: Strawberry or raspberry & a stick of cinnamon.
UNGAVA. – 43.1%. Known locally as Polar Bear pee, owing to it’s colour & country of origin. Named after The Ungava Peninsula, north Quebec Province, Canada. Six rare botanicals are included, Nordic juniper, crowberry, Labrador tea, cloudberry, Arctic Blend, and wild rose hips. (Never eat yellow snow, but drink yellow gin).
GARNISH: Grapefruit or Lemon.
VOORTREKKER GIN – 40.0% This gin comes in an elegant bottle characterized by the big X that represents the flag of the pioneers. The hand-picked oranges give this spirit it’s astonishing orange hue. It has many exotic botanicals including liquorice, ginger, Dutch Juniper, vanilla, lemon peel and coriander seed.
WARNER EDWARDS. RHUBARB GIN – 40.0% This gin is flavoured with Queen Victoria’s favourite type of rhubarb, allegedly.
GARNISH: Try it neat or perhaps ginger ale.
WILLIAMS CHASE. SEVILLE ORANGE – 40.0% Seville oranges feature pretty heavily without disguising the other aromas of juniper, earthy roots and a gentle herbaceous quality.
GARNISH: Orange or lemon.
WHITLEY NEILL SMALL BATCH GIN – 43.0%. Inspired by African flavours. Fresh citrus baobab fruit plus cape gooseberries are blended with 7 other botanicals in an antique copper still to create this gin.
GARNISH: A cape gooseberry or a slice of grapefruit.
6 o CLOCK GIN – 43.0% Big hits of orange and lemon citrus and hints of elderflower. The citrus and floral flavours make this gin taste fresh and summery, especially in a gin and tonic.
These tend to be stronger and more! Addition of tonic is not required, but by all means add whatever you wish. They are priced at £4.00 or £7.50 a double.
GARDEN TIGER – 47.0% This is a local gin, from Cirencester. It’s a top end, small batch (only 200 made), complex gin. The 34 botanicals includes blood orange plus numerous flowers & spices.
GARNISH: Neat or just a slice of lemon or lime.
TARQUINS. THE SEA DOG NAVY STRENGTH – 57.0% The botanicals here include fresh orange, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, violet, juniper, cinnamon, angelica, orris,
cardamom, liquorice and almond. It’s strong – be careful.
GARNISH: Grapefruit & thyme.