Cocktails with… Griffiths Brothers Gin

The last gin we reviewed (a little while back – sorry folks!) was one from the Home Counties (Campfire Gin based in Tring, Hertfordshire). Today, we nip across the border to Buckinghamshire and the Griffiths Brothers of Amersham.

For those not familiar with Amersham, it is at the very top left of the Tube map, at the very end of the Metropolitan Line.

Griffiths Brothers Gin FINAL

The Griffiths Brothers make their gin in a rotavap named Roberta and it is bottled at 43.5% ABV. Here are its botanicals:

Juniper Berries
Coriander Seed
Angelica Root
Lemon Peel
Orange Peel
Orris Root
Grains of Paradise
Liquorice Root
Cassia Bark
Elderflower
Orange Blossom
Bay Laurel
Barberries

On its own
Nose: Bright and very citrus-y on the nose, with a hint of celery and black pepper, all followed by a touch of earthy, rooty liquorice.
Taste: Crisp leafy notes come through to start: bay laurel and the crisp crunchiness of celery. Then comes a symphony of citrus, from the zesty, pithy peel to the fragrant aromatics of the blossom. Additional crispness comes from the grains of paradise at the end, along with a lovely mouthfeel courtesy of the liquorice.

Gin Tonic
A delicious and delicate Gin Tonic with a very pleasant interplay between the gin’s citrus and leafy notes. It has strong flavours that stand up well to almost any tonic, creating a refreshing treat of a drink.

Martini
This cocktail has a lovely, light oiliness that provides plenty of flavour: delicate, floral citrus as well as hints of crunchy leaves, almost cucumber-esque. Then there’s a slight of peppery salinity before a touch of spice on the finish. I’d recommend garnishing this with a thin strip of cucumber peel.

Negroni
The orange comes through from the gin and works exceptionally well with the Campari and vermouth. The gin’s leafy notes add a fantastic additional depth to the drink.

In Conclusion
Griffiths Brothers is a flavoursome gin with a pleasant interplay between a range of citrus and crisp, leafy notes. My favourite drink was the Gin Tonic.

Cocktails with… Indogin

On a recent trip to Fibar-Valladolid in central Spain, I was surprised at how many of the gins available were still being made in the UK and imported to Spain. The Craft Distilling movement has started in the country, but it is still to see the boom that Britain currently enjoys.

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Indogin is an example of one of these imported gins. Bottled at 40% ABV, it is made using botanicals that include: juniper, coriander, angelica, orange, lemon, liquorice, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and thyme. Here’s what it tasted like.

On its own
Nose: Herbaceous, with a little salinity. It’s quite powerful, before creamy citrus and spicy coriander take over.
Taste: A gentle start, with a little malty coriander and a little creaminess. This is followed by the sweet spice of cardamom and ginger, as well as a sweetness and some liquorice. The finish is of a mix of citrus and dry angelica.

Gin & Tonic
Indogin makes a very typical and classic Gin & Tonic: clean and crisp, with a little herbaceous leafiness and spice. The finish is pleasant and full of citrus notes.

Martini
Clean and crisp, with light lemon citrus notes. This is a cocktail that is elegant and very easy to sip. A textbook Martini. Brilliant!

Negroni
A bold Negroni with quite a lot of bitterness, but the gin really powers through; it is not overwhelmed by the vermouth or the Campari. Another very classic cocktail, and one which would be great before a meal or, lengthened with soda water, a cooler to sip on a hot day.

In Conclusion
Indogin is a solid, classic gin that is both pleasant to sip neat and works well in a variety of classic gin cocktails. My favourite drink was the Martini.

Cocktails with… Mombasa Club Gin

There are a number of gins that are produced in the UK, but are then directly transported and so are not available for purchase in their country of origin. Mombasa Club is one such gin, which is produced by Thames Distillers and is exported to Spain.

Mombasa Club is bottled at 41.5% ABV .

There is also a Mombasa Club Reserve, which is bottled at 43.5%ABV.

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Mombasa Club Gin – thanks to Nicholas for the picture

 

On its own
Nose: Bright juniper and spice, with cumin and dry cinnamon.
Taste: This is a spiced gin, but not one that is too intense or deviates too far from gin’s classic style. A well-rounded spirit with dry notes of juniper, angelica, and a little citrus coriander.

Gin & Tonic
A lovely Gin & Tonic: refreshing, airy, and rather classic, but with dry spice in background; in particular, cumin and ginger.

Martini
Delightfully clean and smooth, with notes of juniper, citrus, and a pleasant spiced element. Again, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin come through; subtle, but notable.

Negroni
This makes for a cocktail with a good, strong flavour. It is dry, but has a little, subtle spice to it, which is followed by a powerful finish. There’s a fair bit of bitterness, but it’s accompanied by a pleasant freshness.

In Conclusion
Mombasa is a full and spicy gin that adds great character to the drinks that is mixed in, as well as a smooth freshness. My favourite drink was the Gin & Tonic.

Cocktails with… Gordon’s Castle Gin

Gordons Castle Gin FINAL

Gordon’s Castle Gin is inspired by the walled garden at Gordon Castle estate in Moray, Scotland, although it is made at the Timbermill Distillery in London. As a result, its botanicals include: mint, lavender, and gooseberries. The gin is bottled at 43.0% ABV.

The Taste

On its own
Nose: Juniper, coriander, citrus, and an earthy spiciness with a hint of nutty chocolate.
Taste: This gin has a smooth texture. There is a touch of vanilla, followed by juicy citrus, juniper, and a little menthol pepper on the finish.

Gin & Tonic
Just like the gin served neat, this is another classic drink: dry and fresh, with a hint of citrus. The notable dryness is accompanied by a pleasant crispness, whilst the gin works well with no garnish either lemon or lime would work well, I think I’d go with the former.

Martini
Clean and crisp, with a dry finish. This has a whole array of luscious, fruity, leafy elements, plus a touch of herbaceousness. Again, classic and very good.

Negroni
Simple, but very, very bitter, with lots of earthy notes. This is incredibly intense, with some vegetable notes somewhat reminiscent of asparagus. Overall, this is bold, with good flavour integration.

In Conclusion
Gordon’s Castle Gin is a classic gin with a little extra dryness and a touch of bitterness, as well as some pepper menthol notes that help it to stand out from the crowd. It is very mixable, indeed, and without a doubt the extra-bitter Negroni was my favourite.