Cheers! It’s gin o’clock
There are few situations that can’t be improved by a strong gin and tonic– why not plump for one of these?
Silent Pool Gin
Founded in the spring of 2014, Silent Pool Distillers was set up with the vision of creating handcrafted, premium spirits. Its multi-award-winning Silent Pool Gin is produced in small batches using a custom-made still, which is heated by steam from a reclaimed English boiler fired on local hardwood. (www.silentpoolsdistillers.com; 01483 229136)
Fifty Pounds Gin
Fifty Pounds is a quintessentially English and irresistibly smooth London Dry Gin. Its name goes back to the gin craze of the 18th century, when one in three houses distilled gin of dubious quality. In 1736, an annual levy of £50 was introduced to anyone distilling gin in an effort to put an end to poor production. Fifty Pounds Gin is batch distilled 1,000 bottles at a time, with each bottle showing the batch number and the year of distillation. On the palate, it’s smooth yet complex, opening with juniper then followed by the citrus constituents and a hint of spice.
(www.fiftypoundsgin.london; 020–7724 5009)
Exceptionally smooth, distinct and complex, Salcombe Gin Start Point is an award-winning classic London Dry Gin. It is handcrafted in a beautiful 450l Arnold Holstein copper still in Salcombe, Devon, in one of the few distilleries in the world directly accessible by boat. Citrus led, Start Point combines three fresh citrus peels— ruby grapefruit, lemon and lime—with Macedonian juniper, English coriander seed and cubeb for an extremely well balanced and moreish gin. (www.salcombegin.com; 07801 737661)
Foxdenton Estate Gin uses the best Yorkshire Rhubarb to produce a perfectly balanced gin liqueur. This seasonal tipple boasts summer fruits and herbs on the nose, with well-rounded acidity and plenty of rhubarb on the palate. This is the seventh gin in the collection, which also includes Foxdenton’s London Dry Gin, a COUNTRY
LIFE Great British Gin Awards 2016 Gold label winner.
(www.foxdenton.co.uk; 01280 824855)
Pinkster’s botanicals include raspberries. Real ones. The ones that grow on bushes. Deliciously dry, with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish, Pinkster makes a refreshingly different G&T, especially when served with fresh mint. It is available from discerning retailers including Ocado and Majestic Wine.
(www.pinkstergin.com; 01763 849739)
Masons Yorkshire Gin
Masons Yorkshire Gin has gone from strength to strength, having won numerous awards in worldwide competitions. Distilled in a copper alembic still called ‘Steve’, this distinctly unique gin is the first to be created in Yorkshire and each 70cl bottle bears its own handwritten batch and bottle number. With its traditional slow distillation method, pure Yorkshire water and the right balance of juniper, citrus elements and secret botanical ratio, its creators are proud to call this the original Masons Yorkshire Gin.
(www.masonsyorkshiresgin.com; 01677 426467)
Gun Dog Gin
These traditionally steeped, ginbased liqueurs are made by hand in small batches in Herefordshire using only local, seasonal fruit. Available in a variety of bottle sizes and flavours, including blackcurrant, damson, quince, raspberry and rhubarb, they are perfect alone, in Prosecco or as a base for a wide range of cocktails.
(email@example.com; 07971 963170)
Since its creation in 2008, Bedrock’s singular smoothness and refreshing citrus character have led to it being decorated at some of the industry’s most prestigious international awards— including a Gold at the 2017 Gin Masters. You might say this is hardly surprising for a gin perfected through the patient craftsmanship of a master distiller and boasting a unique blend of botanicals, including Cumbrian kiln-dried oak bark. Bringing exceptional smoothness and clean, accessible warmth to the vibrancy of its botanicals, Bedrock is a gin to underline and elevate those special moments. For more ginspiration, follow @Ginbedrock.
(www.bedrockgin.co.uk; 0151–709 9055)