The renaissance of Craft Distilling is in full swing across the UK, but one area that was rather under-represented was the South coast, but one year ago today, Brighton Gin launched.
Interestingly, moving West, there is not another distillery until you reach Conker in Dorset, meaning that, in South Hampshire (incorporating Southampton and Portsmouth), there is not a single distillery in a population of around 1.5 million people. Two of the closet distilleries are one on the Isle of Wight and one in Winchester.
Brighton Distillery is based in Brighton & Hove and uses a bespoke, one-of-a-kind still. Their gin is made using organic British grain as its base spirit and botanicals that include: juniper, angelica, orange, lime, and milk thistle. It is bottled at 40.0% ABV.
On its own
Nose: Floral juniper, as well as some warm spice from coriander and cassia, followed by hints of Silver Shred or lime marmalade.
Taste: This is a light and airy gin, but one that still has a good level of flavour. It has an excellent texture: wonderfully smooth and accessible. It also has a floral sweetness in the middle, and a little liquorice sweetness just before a zesty finish.
Gin & Tonic
Vibrant, luscious, and succulent fruity notes from the start, with a lightness courtesy of the gin’s floral notes. There are also crisp, herbal and earthy notes that work well alongside the bitterness of tonic water.
Brighton Gin produces a rather slinky Martini with dry, rich juniper shining through. It’s a very elegant cocktail with delightly citrus flavours, too. Superb!
A fruity and juicy Negroni, with citrus and berry notes upfront, followed by some floral notes and a slow crescendo of herbaceous spice, culminating in the Negroni’s trademark earthy bitterness on the finish.
Brighton Gin is a lively and fun spirit, which has taken a classic gin profile and boosted it with some bright citrus and an elegant, lightly floral character. It works well in all of the drinks that I tried, but my preference is sipping it neat or with a splash of soda water.
Brighton Gin is available for around £38 for 70cl from Master of Malt.