Batch are back with a new year of innovations, collaborations, and inspirations.
Every month they create a new spirit – gin, vodka, rum – and release it to the members of the scheme. It’s a way for them to experiment and for people like me to try new ideas and concepts – things that aren’t available anywhere else. It’s the perfect testing ground for drinks that may go on to be released into the wild, and who knows, they may, like their Industrial Strength Gin, go on to win international awards too.
2019 kicks off with a collaboration. Artisan Drinks host events all over the UK. Gin in the Park, Gin Cruises and further afield, their tours and tastings that form Gin Route in Barcelona. Mike from Artisan Drinks spent time working with Ollie, Batch’s Head Distiller, to create something a little bit special. This particular spirit takes inspiration from Rosh Hashanah, one of four Jewish New Years – and in particular the tradition of dipping apples in honey.
This gin is certified Kosher, joining a growing list of gins to be certified, and as part of the certification received a visit from the Rabbi from Manchester Beth Din.
So let’s give this first of the year spirit a try.
Neat, the nose isn’t holding back. Toasted coriander and honey note straight away, then a big waft of juniper. Yes, it’s definitely still a gin! Mouth feel is soft, round and sweet with honey, again that toasted coriander coming through, the juniper, and herbal notes pack a punch at the back. the apples acidity is present, but not the fruitiness.
In a G&T, it’s a mouthful of honey and gin, backed up by toasted coriander. The apple comes later, after you’ve sipped, lingering for a quite a while after you’ve sipped.
It’s a great start to a new year, and I can’t wait to see what next month brings. In the meantime if you want to join the club, you can get £10 OFF your first month as a member by using the code JAN10 at checkout – just click here to find out more!