Gin Review: Hidden Gem Spiced Blackberry Gin

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet Carmel and Joe from Hidden Gem – and wrote about the story of their gin, and their family

Since then, things have been growing steadily for them – later today they’ll be at a gin event in Salford, showcasing the best of Salford’s spirits and a few weeks ago, they helped me by providing gin for the gin bar at the Independent Salford Beer Festival. 

And now, they have a new kid on the block. Alongside their original gin they now have one perfect for this time of year, their Spiced Blackberry Gin. 

No strangers to playing with flavour, their original uses a combination of infusion and distillation to provide it’s earthy savoury flavours. The Spiced Gin is no different. The spiced notes come from cinnamon, clove and ginger, whereas the soft sweetness and delicate colour comes from blackberries, red dates and figs.

 

 

Neat, the nose has lots of soft winter spices – it’s such a familiar scent. A hint of sweetness, soft and round lots of cinnamon and ginger.  The palate is lovely too, the sweet fruits give it a round mouthfeel, lots of soft spice, deepening to finish with a kick of juniper, ginger and citrus. 

In a G&T, the nose is a blend of citrus and spice. The tonic bitterness sits at the back, whilst the fruit and spice washes softly across your mouth. Finishes with a little bite of citrus and juniper. I’m a little annoyed with myself for not having some Fever Tree Light tonic for this as I think it needs a slightly gentler and. And I f wish I had some ginger ale sitting around, as I think this would work rather well too, though would need to be a small measure, to not overpower the gin itself. 

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