It’s been a busy few weeks here at the London Gin Club. We launched our new autumn / winter tasting menus a few weeks ago and they are going down a real storm!

There are 4 wonderful gins in each tasting menu, carefully balanced together.

Tasting menu No 1

  • Burleigh’s Distillers cut 47% – A lovely dry gin using, amongst the usual suspects, dandelion and burdock  and elderberry giving a light berry sweetness with floral top notes.
  • Hidden Curiosities 42% – Using 20 botanicals, this sophisticated gin has 5 peppers, Japanese Yuzu, white mulberries, violet and lavender.
  • Salcombe 44% – A Devon gin with 3 citrus peels and bay, giving a crisp citrus element coupled with  a delicate savoury  finish.
  • Poetic License Old Tom 41% – Bold and spicy with floral sweet notes from hibiscus. Rounded out nicely by barrel aging.

Tasting menu no 2

  • Bimber 42% – 10 botanicals make up this dry, clean gin. Together with traditional botanicals of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander seed, orange and lemon.
  • Lakes Explorer 47% – Using some locally grown botanicals including Cumbrian juniper, this is a lovely herbal, dry gin with a black pepper hint.
  • The Wrecking Coast 44% – A most interesting gin, using Cornish Clotted cream, giving a rich, silky mouth feel with delicate notes of vanilla.
  • Inshriach 43% – Again using local juniper and rose hip, this gin is punchy and robust with a refreshing hint  of eucalyptus.

We will soon be launching our brand new flavour spectrum gin tasting set.

Our hugely popular tasting menus are a great way to explore the world of gin. We have been serving them in the London Gin Club bar for 6 years and their popularity has grown and grown so we thought it was high time that you should be able to enjoy these gin experiences in the comfort of your own home.

The Flavour Spectrum tasting set will include a selection of the finest premium gins embracing eight flavour categories, carefully and expertly selected to illustrate the delightful variety of todays artisan gin. This gin tasting set will take you on a flavour journey, starting with dry moving through citrus, floral, savoury, spice, aromatic, sweet and finishing with a fruit gin.

Ideal to share with a friend or loved one or the perfect gift for the gin lover in your life, each set will contain:

  • 8 x 30ml bottles of premium gin
  • Gin Information cards – Each gin has an information card which includes the flavour category it falls into, the botanicals used and a suggested garnish. You can choose to read the card before you taste a gin and use the botanical information as a guide, or taste the gin first and see how many botanicals you can place.
  • Gin Tasting Flavour Wheel – Humans are very good at recognising flavours but relatively bad at naming them. The gin tasting flavour wheel is designed to help you describe the gins you encounter. It includes the main flavour categories found in today’s artisan gins with general and specific descriptive words, including a section for mouthfeel. Use it to help you identify and describe the aromas, flavours and sensations you experience when you taste a gin.
  • The LGC Guide to Gin Tasting – a brief guide on how to taste gin including tips on the ideal glassware, tonic and ice, and what to look for in the nose, profile and linger of a premium gin.
  • Flavour Spectrum sheet – a fold out sheet to structure your gin tasting. Make notes on the sheet so you have a record of the flavours you experienced and your impressions of each gin.

Everything you need to have a true London Gin Club experience without leaving your lounge!

Keep an eye out for news on availability and other tasting sets due to be released soon.

Hidden Curiosities gin is quite unusual for a British gin in that it uses 20 botanicals. There is always a danger in generalising, but British gins tend to weigh in under 14 botanicals, with our European friends with their aqua vita heritage at the higher end of the range when it comes to number of botanicals used.

Hidden Curiosities is the result of an extensive period of gin research by Jenny Meguro who tried more than 100 craft gins before deciding to set her sights on developing a unique gin recipe. The result is Hidden Curiosities which uses 20 botanicals including juniper, green cardamom, 5 types of pepper, Japanese yuzu, pink grapefruit, bergamot, lime, white mulberries, violet and lavender. The gin is distilled at Silent Pool Distillers in Surrey, who interestingly, produce an excellent gin using 24 botanicals.

And so the question is… is more, more? Just how does this gin taste?

The nose is bright, spicy and multi-layered. Perfumed lavender violet floral top notes, almost sherbet like, are balanced with bold green aromatic (cardamom) bass notes.

Tasted neat, the flavour profile starts with sweet, floral violet top notes. These give way to a tapestry of citrus grapefruit bitterness, cooling eucalyptus notes from juniper and cardamom and a tingling peppery bite. The linger is a satisfyingly dry bitter balanced by a smooth round sweetness with subtle, almost fruit-like undertones.

Tasted with tonic (Fever Tree regular) the floral notes lighten. The leading perfumed violet top notes blossom to an almost chamomile / apple sweetness. These give way to citrus bitterness with cooling juniper and a peppery bite that rounds out in the finish to a satisfying dry bitter with an underlying sweetness.

Hidden Curiosities is a satisfying, complex gin that results in an exceedingly tasty profile which balances perfumed floral, dry citrus, cooling juniper and warming pepper. It makes a very moreish gin and tonic with we garnish with lemon peel and strawberry, you can find it on our latest autumn / winter tasting menus.

If you missed it, you can find our review of Silent Pool here.

Inshriach gin is made in a shed, but not just any shed, the shed that houses the Inshriach distillery won shed of the year in 2015. Sheds are good, and out of them can come fantastic things including gin. The shed in question is deep in the Cairngorms on the Inshiriach estate where Walter Micklethwaite makes Inshriach gin with local juniper and other native botanicals all picked within a few miles of the estate. There is not a lot of information about the botanicals used: Juniper, Juniper shoots and rosehips, with the total number unknown so for this tasting we are pretty much tasting blind.

The nose is bright and inviting. Sweet floral top notes, green piney juniper with an underlying sweet musky depth.

Sipped neat the lead is sweet citrus rose, almost geranium-like but with an underlying fruitiness. The sweetness momentarily subsides to a bright, refreshing eucalyptus pine. A round sweetness resurfaces accompanied by a mellow bitterness with a slight pepper bite. The hints of lemon and pepper make us wonder if bog myrtle is in the mix. This is a gin that is very easy and most pleasant to sip on the rocks, we have to top up before moving on to adding tonic.

With tonic (Fever Tree regular) the nose persists but edges towards juniper pine. The profile remains broadly the same starting off with a round, fruity, floral sweetness with a hint of lemon citrus. Fresh piney juniper kicks in followed by mellow bitter bass notes that builds into a long round linger.

A perfect balance of bitter and sweet with floral pine top notes, Inshriach gin is refreshing and moreish sipped neat and makes an excellent gin and tonic. A superb addition to our shelves, you will be able to find it on our new autumn tasting menus which will be out in the next week or so.

They also have a navy strength version, as you can see in the image

Manchester Three Rivers small batch dry gin is made in the heart of Manchester and takes much of it’s inspiration from the city itself. The name Three Rivers refers to the three rivers that run through Manchester: the Medlock, Irwell and Irk, the distillery it’s self being near the banks of the Irk. The 450 litre copper pot still in which the gin is made called ‘Angel’ takes its name from the area of Angel Meadows just a short distance from the distillery. Now a public park it is a place deeply connected to the highs and lows of the city’s industrial heritage, a city of which it was said “What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow.”

And is this so with gin? Lets find out!

The gin is made using 11 botanicals: Juniper, coriander seeds, cardamom, orange peel, cinnamon, almonds, oats, vanilla, angelica, black pepper, orris.

On the nose there are immediate aromatic cardamom floral top notes singing out against subtle green savoury earthy bass notes. The nose is seductive and enticing, making us keen to move onto sipping.

Tasted neat the start is aromatic cardamom with lemon citrus from the coriander, followed swiftly by a juniper & citrus peel bitterness. This yields to a bright pepper activation which starts a long, warming linger.

With tonic the nose is still present and enticing. The top notes open out with the citrus ringing out more clearly. The middle has warming pungent cardamom paired with juniper dryness, the pepper heat in the linger rounds out to a buttery almost fruit like sweetness with the vanilla taking the stage. What is also pronounced is a lovely, silky round mouthfeel from the almonds and oats.

This is a great gin with a distinctive well balanced profile which makes for an interesting and satisfying flavour journey. It makes for a fantastic Gin and Tonic, which we garnish with strawberry and juniper. We liked it so much you can find it on our tasting menu.

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