What is it? A sort of alchemy kit for the discerning boozehound. It transforms any base spirit – generic vodka, say – into artisan gin.
How? You simply add the juniper berries for 24 hours, then add the sachets of botanicals – coriander seeds, angelica root, citrus peel, cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaf – to your cheap booze and let it infuse for another 12 hours.
Then what? Use the very pretty copper strainer to disgorge it into the very pretty glass bottle. Then bask in the admiration of your friends, who will say “Wow!”, “Aren’t you clever!” and “Why is it wee coloured?” So… why is it wee coloured? The “beautiful golden hue” is a sign of a top-notch artisan gin, according to the accompanying literature.
Tasting notes: It’s unusual and delicious – floral, spicy and slightly medicinal. Who knew bootlegging would be next to go upmarket?