Welcome to the new dawn of Gin-naissance.
We all know that Gin is a top tipple at the moment. In fact, as a nation we are now drinking over 29 million litres a year – that is a fare few gallons of gin, if not galleons.
To add to our obsession and for all the aficionados out there, we have been busy tasting new gins to offer you a unique insight into the best botanical beauties available. Such a hard job sometimes. If you are ever stuck for a present, a good bottle of gin also makes a perfect Christmas present or Host gift…
Here are our 6 New Gin Recommendations.
This new gin is actually based on Harry Hobbs’ original recipe, which dates back to 1870.Named after the founder of Hobbs of Henley who was often seen in his punt enjoying his home-distilled gin. The secret recipe was recently discovered on the back of an old framed photograph of himself, along with step by step instructions to make it.
The gin brings together popular botanicals such as angelica and marshmallow, with added lemon peel, juniper, orris root and lime leaf oil for a modern twist. It is suggested that you serve it with glass full of ice, tonic water and a curl of orange peel. Our sources at Mr Hobbs tell us that Fever Tree Clementine & Cinnamon tonic water is also a devine match. We got a bit carried away and have created a few gin cocktails using Mr Hobbs gin to inspire you for the forthcoming festivities!
SUITS: SAILORS AND BON VIVEURS
This quality new gin is a tribute to Paul Raymond, the original King of Soho. Raymond was a legend who revolutionised Soho with iconic clubs such as the Raymond Revuebar and Madam JoJo’s, making it the recognisable centre for creativity and hedonism it still is today.
The stunning bottle is definitely a show piece and the gin is an absolute delight. Distilled in the heart of London using traditional methods, it is smooth and full bodied with high citrus notes. Perfect for making cocktails or simply served over ice.
Suits: A Hedonist and all Party Animals
Created by Sloemotion for Liberty London, this was made using whole sloes hand-foraged from the Yorkshire hedgerows. It layers up rich, sweet berry flavours into a beautiful aromatic finish and is perfect for a warming drink on chilly nights. You can also add a generous slug of this fruit liqueur to a glass of champagnes (but beware as this is quite potent!)
SUITS: ANY ONE WHO FEELS THE COLD.
This award-winning spirit is wrapped in brown paper, string and wax, like the original spirit sold at a Victorian apothecary. It is made using the traditional method known as cold compounding where botanicals such as juniper, coriander, cardamom, cassia, orange peel and clove are infused in a high quality upper pot. The result is an extraordinary flavour and tint.
Absolutely perfect as a classic Gin & Tonic. A classic.
SUITS: ANY CLASSIC GIN DRINKERS.
Surely you know better that to think we would let you go without a Cherry flavour somewhere?
This cherry and almond treat is like a delicious alcoholic distillation of an Original Bakewell Pudding. Infused with just six botanicals, this is an aromatic craft gin with classic notes of juniper alongside, cubeb, cardamom, hibiscus flowers and of course the pudding flavours. Made using traditional English making methods, this is a just perfect served with a good quality tonic water and a cherry to garnish. A Morello cherry please.
SUITS: A SWEET TOOTH
It’s time to get into the festive spirit with this decadent number which is in essence, Christmas in a bottle.
Flavoured with a unique blend of seasonal botanicals, including frankincense and myrrh, this new Gin is a beautiful infusion of sweet orange notes and lingering spice from cinnamon and nutmeg. It is warming and aromatic, with all the comforting yuletide flavours.
Makes a festive G & T with classic tonic and an orange peel twist to bring out its citrusy flavours.
SUITS: THE GREAT FC AND ALL THOSE WHO LOVE CHRISTMAS