A Worm’s Eye View of Gin
There are plenty of gin wheezes these days that help spirits to differentiate themselves from one another in a growing market, but English Garden Worm Gin has gone that one step further (so far, in fact, that one notable commentator postulated whether or not this was “jump the shark” moment for gin).
English Worm Gin is bottled at 37.5%ABV and contains an English Grown Earthworm; apparently this adds a “unique taste”. This bonker bottle comes from Edible, the company who also offer Scorpion Vodka and a range of chocolate-covered creepy crawlies.
How does it taste?
Nose: Juniper, with some small hints of earthy, root botanicals along with some musky coriander and a hint of saltiness.
Taste: Quite watery, even for 37.5%. There are juniper notes upfront, followed by some sweeter floral and citrus notes. Slightly peppery at the end. Overall, thought, it was pretty much a let down and tastes like watered-down gin.
I’m not 100% sure what I expected from this gin; I was sure that it wasn’t going to be the best that I’d tried, but I expected more than this. Unlike some mezcals that contain a worm and still taste rather good, this gin just doesn’t deliver and, at £20 for 250ml (£80 for a litre), this is one of the most expensive gins in the country. I wouldn’t waste my money.