Around this time last year the London Gin Club was visited by a lovely chap called Mark Marmont who told us all about an artisan gin he was creating. He asked us what we thought of a possible lable design he was thinking of using – angel wings – we thought it was very nice indeed.

A year on and now the lable adorns bottles of Fifty Eight (58) Gin, of which Mark kindly gave us said bottle last week. We are very spoilt you know!

So, onto the gin. This is very small batch gin, made in Hackney Downs in a beautiful copper pot still, a batch being just 50 bottles a time.58

On the nose there is a lovely hit of coriander / citrus with subtle hedgerow notes. Tasted neat there is a soft sweetness, possibly orris (we thought licorice) followed with a peppery snap and finishing with a lovely dry finish. The notes of cubeb and an aromatic friskiness linger gently on the palate.

With tonic the sweetness opens out more and nicely balance with a peppery, juniper / piney dryness which is pleasingly tingling and excites the tongue. There is also depth of body with bass notes which stay firmly and pleasingly on the palate.

It’s such a fantastic thing that one chap in a Hackney Downs can produce a gin that works so well and sits very nicely on our gin menu, rubbing shoulders and holding its own among international and long-established bed-fellows.

As a gin and tonic I’d garnish with lemon peel and this gin will make a superb black pepper Martini… watch this space for more on that invention!

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