The trend for artisan gins shows no sign of waning so we thought we would share our current favourites with you. We'd love you to let us know your favourites too!
Top of the list has to be Isle of Harris gin. Not only is it from one of the most beautiful places on earth (if you haven't been to the Outer Hebrides, we highly recommend it), but the gin itself is absolutely delicious. Multi-award-winning, it is infused with sugar kelp and local botanicals that bring flavours of the sea. As if the quality of the gin itself isn't enough, its bottle, designed by Stranger & Stranger, has become a modern classic.
Another Scottish gin that has been tickling our tastebuds recently is Lind & Lime Gin from the Port of Leith Distillery in Edinburgh. With juniper, lime & pink peppercorn as its main botanicals, the gin is refreshing & perfect for Summer. In addition, it's produced from 100% organic ingredients using 100% clean electricity & 100% plastic-free packaging. As with the Isle of Harris gin, the bottle designs adds to its appeal.
Heading south now, some of the Thoughtful Producer team recently discovered Norfolk Gin, a delicious bathtub artisan gin. Literally made in a garden shed since 2014, Norfolk Gin is hand made and hand bottled in batches of 24 bottles at a time. We have it with tonic, a slice of orange & a sprig of thyme to compliment the fresh citrus flavours. As you can tell, we're suckers for a nice bottle & Norfolk Gin doesn't disappoint with its individually numbered Wade ceramic offering.
Uncle Val's Botanical Gin might be a bit harder to find unless you are on the other side of the Atlantic to us as it originates in America. Luckily for us (and them!), one of the Thoughtful Producer foodies is currently in Seattle and has been raving about this discovery. Infusions of cucumber, lemon, sage & lavender give the gin a freshness inspired by Tuscan cuisine.
Griffiths Brothers are a local producer, based in Amersham. Hugely popular with our customers, their signature gin was the most mentioned on our original blog post. Cold distillation means that the flavours are clean & bright, made up of 13 botanicals including orris root, bay laurel, orange blossom, barberries, elderflower, coriander seeds, liquorice root, cassia bark, orange peel & lemon peel! Check out the logo on the back of the bottle, it turns blue when it hits the optimum temperature of below 8 degrees.
Another gin that's local to the farm is Cricketers from Pinkneys Green. We haven't tried it yet but it's top of our want list as several people have recently recommended it and it's blend of blackberries, wild marjoram & milk thistle, foraged from just up the road, sounds intriguing.
Another on our Must Try list is Sorgin Small Batch Gin from France which intriguingly includes Sauvignon Blanc. We've ordered a bottle and will report back on its popularity. According to their website, it's a complex gin with hints of broom flower and violet. We'll let you know soon...