A little change from the norm for last Wednesday nights Tweet Tasting. We had a Gin Tasting!
Not only did we sample the gins neat we also tried them within their signature cocktails which produced some great pictures from the Tweet Tasters!
Allied Glass has over a century of experience in glass packaging and the recent Gin explosion has allowed Allied to take their packaging skills to new levels of quality & sophistication.
The Five Gins sampled showcase this perfectly:-
- Langtons No.1 Gin
- Bulldog Gin
- Caorunn Gin
- Slingsby Gin
- Langleys Gin
If you want to catch up on what all the tasters had to say you can view the tweets by searching for the hash tag #AlliedGlassTT on Twitter which managed to trend at number 25 on the night!
So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes … and the one which was my favourite on the night!
Tasting Notes – Langtons No.1 Gin (40%)
A Gin celebrating the Lake District. A product of two lakeland locals, made with 11 botanicals, using as many local products as possible. The bespoke bottle takes its design from a piece of slate right from the source of Langtons.
The signature serve is with tonic, over ice & garnished with a slice of lemon.
Nose: Woody, citrus – very punchy!
Palate: Powerful lemon with a pleasant, sweet creaminess to it. The signature serve is very classic – anyone for tennis?
Overall: A classic Gin and one which won’t disappoint.
Tasting Notes – Bulldog Gin (40%)
A London Dry Gin. An multi-award winning premium gin, made at GJ Greenall’s Distillery in England using a unique blend of 12 botanicals, including 3 unique to Bulldog – Dragon Eye, Lotus leaf & White Poppy. Bulldog creator Anshuman Vohra said, “I wanted to create a modern, new world gin. The bottle is as distinctive as the liquid.
The signature serve is with tonic, over ice with a twist of pink grapefruit & lemon.
Nose: Less zesty & citrus plus there’s a sugary sherbert thing going on. It’s peppery & that sweetness is very alluring!
Palate: Quite thin, minty with lemon and fennel. A Peppery, smooth finish – very nice! With the Signature the grapefruit compliments the sweetness well.
Overall: It was morish … but very soon gonish!
Tasting Notes – Caorunn Gin (41.8%)
A Small batch Scottish Gin. An infusion of five locally foraged gin botanicals produced in Speyside. Their packaging has been influenced by Celtic knots & Scottish art nouveau.
The signature serve is with tonic, over ice & garnished with thin slices of red apple.
Nose: Pleasant oak woodiness, smooth citrus with a hint of tanin.
Palate: Smooth, sweet and slightly peppery. The Signature serve was fresh – the apple & tonic really balancing well.
Overall: Very nice indeed – the savoury dryness is still there & goes well with the sharp apple.
Tasting Notes – Slingsby Gin (42%)
Named after William Slingsby who discovered the Tewitt Well in the Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, it is made from 24 botanicals, 17 of which are locally-sourced botanicals supplied by Taylors of Harrogate and Rudding Park Kitchen Garden in Harrogate. The bespoke glass bottle was inspired by a 19th century local chemist shop bottle.
The signature serve is with tonic, ice & garnished with pink grapefruit & blueberries.
Nose: Woah! Powerful lemon flavours – like some out of control fruit sour!
Palate: Citrus, liquorice & mint – an amazing combination! Creamy chocolate & a hint of spice in there as well. The Signature was Refreshing, crisp, sweet n’ dry.
Overall: One word really – Yum!
Tasting Notes – Langleys Gin (41.7%)
A London Gin distilled in a small English-produced pot still with a range of secret botanicals. Their bottle features the Langley logo embossed on the shoulder neck.
The signature serve is with tonic, ice with a wedge of pink grapefruit & freh basil leaf.
Nose: Perky lemon & citrus – the zingy attitude is strong in this one … Plus, there’s a pleasant, warm spiciness.
Palate: Smooth with some mint and chocolate, feisty citrus and glorious pepper. The Signature serve had a crisp edge, morish citrus & sweet n’ dry grapefruit – a rather nice combo!
Overall: I think I’m becoming a Gin fan …
My Favourite On The Night
Out of the 5, I think it’s got to be the Bulldog – all round loveliness!. I always thought Gin was a bit one dimensional – tonight has certainly changed my mind! 🙂
And of course, The Gin Distillers, without whom!
My fellow Tweeters were:-
@TheFinestCut @summerfruitcup @whiskyfreak123 @AlisonJBurge @godsofgoodison @ivyeatsagain @StuEdB @RumNerd @kizzsmyth @allthingsbooze @whiskyrepublic @TheWhiskyBoys @julie_gwc @AlpacaJo @TheGreenWelly @Nickolls_Perks @WhiskyDiscovery @AdvInWhiskyland @JoeFHolmes
The Gins are available to buy from these Merchants:-