It’s the last gin review before Christmas, so of course, it had to be this one.
That Boutique-y Gin Company, who never do things by halves, have again, not done things by halves with their Yuletide Gin.
In fact a read of the botanicals is pretty spectacular takes a deep breath:
Juniper, cassia, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, Medjool dates, cloves, allspice, clementines, cardamom, ginger, whole pomanders (oranges studded with cloves), Christmas tree needles (both Balsam and Douglas Fir), Christmas Cake, charred oak, chestnuts, Christmas pud, a big pile of chocolate truffles, Lebkuchen, mince pies, panettone, a whole gingerbread house, frankincense and myrrh.
And then they did this:
Yes, to top off the three wise men elements, the bottle has edible gold flakes in it for special effect. Because it’s Christmas, and well, why not?
In fact it’s got everything any Christmas has bar the fights over the remote control and that bloated feeling after you’ve eaten far too much, but still can’t resist nibbling at the cheeseboard every time you go into the kitchen to make a cup of mint tea to make everything feel better.
So with a list that vast, it’s going to be an interesting gin, right?
Truthfully, yes. But despite the flavours, it’s not busy, it’s not overpowering or even overly sweet. In fact of all their gins that I’ve tried so far (not enough in truth, but hey I have a budget), it’s probably my favourite.
On the nose, there’s a big juniper backbone, plenty of citrus, and then comes the spice. All the scents of Christmas as you’d expect, lots of the spices, cloves and cinnamon notes.
On the palette, it’s gorgeous. The spice is there, the perfumed notes are there, but they’re not leaping about in the forefront, they’re softer, building a back palette, that still lets the juniper and citrus stand out.
In a G&T, I garnished it with clementine and it was just heavenly. The soft citrus pulled through more spice and soft sweetness, but with still a classic juniper backbone. It also worked really well in a hot toddy, and I couldn’t resist grabbing my bottle of BTW Tonic Syrup for a hot G&T too. Again, using the clementine and a cinnamon stick, it was Christmas in a, well, in this case a copper mug.
So, I know what I’ll be drinking Christmas day.
What are you having?