We have two new tasting menus that showcase gins from the floral and fruit categories, flavour styles that are increasingly popular at the moment.

Our Fruit / Floral Tasting menu showcases floral and fruit forward gins:

  • Bloom Jasmine & Rose  43% – A new pink gin from Bloom, light and floral with delicate fruit notes.
  • Chamomile & Cornflower 39% – Made by Old Curiosity who grow all their own herbs. This gin has a vivid infusion of pure cornflower, naturally a vivid blue, and the subtle notes of chamomile.
  • Variorum 37.5% – The juniper and citrus flavours of King of Soho London Dry are complemented with pink berry notes of strawberry and vanilla. A fine berry gin inspired by the spirit of Soho.
  • Pomelo 41% – Made using Juniper, grapefruit, cox’s orange pipin, conference pears, wormwood and liquorice. Fresh and crisp with full-bodied citrus.

Our new Fruit Gin tasting menu showcases three sumptuous fruit gins:

  • Rhubarb Triangle 46% – sweet and fruity, made with fresh rhubarb from the famous Yorkshire rhubarb triangle.
  • Keepr’s Strawberry & Lavender 37.5% – A unique flavour packed gin made using a classic dry gin base enhanced with an infusion of fresh strawberries, lavender and a touch of honey.
  • York Roman Fruit 42.5% – A juniper led dry gin infused with fruits inspired by Yorks roman heritage including apples, strawberry and hibiscus.

These, along with a host of other fabulous fruit and floral gins are waiting for you here at The London Gin Club.

We have a fantastic selection of new gins for autumn and winter 2018 which we are showcasing on our tasting menus. We have also updated our extremely popular Fruit / Floral Tasting menus.

For Tasting menu number 1 we have:

  • Fatty’s Organic gin 40% A 100% organic London dry gin produced in Dulwich infused with dill flowers. A soft, full flavoured gin with herbaceous notes of dill balanced against juniper and citrus.
  • Ginetic 43% – Made in France using techniques traditionally used to produce cognac the botanicals include Juniper, Jamaican Pepper, Lemon Peel, Spanish Coriander, Angelica and Cinchona Bark. Fresh and citrusy with a distinct touches of spice and pepper.
  • Greensand Ridge 40% – An environmentally conscious distillery using 100% renewable energy. This gin includes eight botanicals that can be found within a mile of the distillery: cobnut, gorse flower, oak moss, honey , rosehip, bay, hawthorn and poppy.
  • Triple Point 43% – A refreshing dry gin made with Juniper, spruce needles, fresh lemon, cassia, star anise, chamomile, moor heather and green tea. Bright, juniper and pine led balanced with floral and tea notes.

For Tasting Number 2 we have:

  • Santamania 41% – A Spanish London Dry Gin featuring a base spirit made from Tempranillo grapes and an interesting selection of 14 botanicals that include juniper, lemon, lime, coriander to the rather unusual white pepper, raspberry and Spanish pistachio. Very flavoursome with a great mouth-feel
  • Mother’s Ruin Old Tom 40% Made in a former WWI munitions factory in east London, an aromatic old tom gin made with Juniper, coriander seed, oris, bay, nutmeg, sweet orange peel, vanilla sweetened by a touch of Demerara for depth.
  • Twelve Keys 46% – Made with twelve botanicals inspired by alchemy: Juniper, cinnamon, orris, angelica, frankincense, caraway, gentian, honey, basil, apricots, quince and figs. Heaps of Fresh juniper dominates with some soft notes of fig and apricot against a backdrop of honey.
  • York Cocoa gin 42.5% – This gin combines York dry gin with cocoa beans from the award-winning York Cocoa Works. Subtle, rich notes of chocolate meld with the gin’s traditional botanicals of juniper, cardamom, angelica and pepper. Complex and satisfying with a unique rich element of cocoa

A fabulous selection to add to our shelves sure to keep the winter blues at bay.

It was love at first sight with Duck and Crutch, who can resist such a handsome and beautifully designed bottle. We were further seduced when we learned more about the gin, made lovingly by hand in a 6 x 4ft shed in Kensington by a fabulous couple, George and Hollie. What really made us fall for this gin however was the taste. Made with juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, cassia, nutmeg, cardamom, citrus, fresh thyme, walnut, Darjeeling tea and bourbon vanilla pod. This is a deft balance of classic and modern gin botanicals.

On the nose there are wisps of citrus pine then a flood of vanilla and tea with underlying earth and spice notes. The aroma literally draws your mouth to the glass, it’s very hard to resist.

Tasted neat the lead is fresh pine and citrus, this yields to hints of warm spice followed by a satisfying dry gin kick that grabs the mouth. Tea and vanilla notes round out in a long, long, smooth and subtly sweet linger that builds as you sip.

With tonic (fever tree regular) the gin rounds out, the dilution also brings out an almost creamy, full, mouth feel. On the palette citrus and pine notes lead into a pleasing dry middle with layers of warming spice that yield to a long subtle sweet linger. All the way through this gin is fresh yet creamy, moreish and seductive. Go Kensington!

What can we say, Duck and Crutch shows what can be done by two people with care, attention and love. More please!

Not that you need a reason to drink gin, but let’s say you did, saving mankind is a pretty good one.

It’s said that “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”  If bees go we go. Keepr’s is a company that is working hard to make bee keeping in the UK a viable proposition, supporting beekeepers and in turn the British honey bee to ensure their future in our environment.

Keepr’s Honey gin is a London Dry Gin infused with small batch Cotswold honey. Each batch, and so each bottle of gin is traceable to the hive and the queen bee the honey came from. Our particular bottle came from a hive with Queen bee Alice! The gin is made by taking a classic London Dry and adding an infusion of their raw honey.

And so how does honey gin taste?

On the nose honey dominates with hints of juniper camphor and meadowy floral top notes.

Tasted neat on ice, immediately on the palette there is silky sweetness. A fleeting hit of fragrant juniper pine quickly yields to a wave of caramel only to be consumed by a flood of warming almost peppery heat. We are talking a comforting, life affirming, peppery gingery, lip smacking zing. The linger is a soothing, mild, honey sweetness.  This is a very pleasant sipping gin, a Cordial Gin would be the best description to convey the silky mouthfeel – delicious and warming.

We were curious how this gin would stand up to tonic. Good news, with a one to one ratio (fever tree regular) and a lemon peel & rosemary garnish this makes a very good, easy drinking gin and tonic that fits well with the current vogue of sweeter gins. The tonic lifts it and gives it longer legs with clear notes of fragrant almost floral pine, ginger and honey. It is sippable, moreish and very drinkable.

Excellent in a gin buck and delicious in a bees knees we are very pleased and proud to have Keepr’s on our shelves. Not only an excellent gin but supporting our vital and busy british bees. Look out for it on our autumn menu, and of course in a special bee-keepers knees cocktail!

As we brace ourselves for the final ever episode of The Bridge this week we thought it would be appropriate to console ourselves with some Scandinavian gin. Nordic noir has transformed our appreciation of drama here in the UK over the past few years, do Scandinavian spirits do the same for gin? The bottle we reached for is Bareksten, a Norwegian gin taking it’s inspiration from the dramatic surroundings and folklore of Norway and made with local herbs and berries.

The nose is vibrant and inviting. Fresh pine notes married with enticing spice notes and hints of blueberry fruit.

Tasted neat there is fresh pine and a wonderful burst of caraway spice. This yields to subtle sweet fruit undertones with a tingly pepper bite in the linger and a round silky mouthfeel. Bareksten is an extremely tasty, well balanced gin that can easily be sipped on the rocks and makes a superb Martini.

With tonic (Fever Tree regular) the nose is still present, enticing one to sip. The profile opens out and lightens but most pleasingly the sweet spice body remains full and voluptuous. Pine citrus notes lead into a spicy middle. There is a moreish, almost savoury bitter dryness with a subtle fruit sweetness in the linger. A seductive silkiness to the mouthfeel that has one reaching for the glass.

Is this gin Thor or Gretta Garbo? It is both! Muscular and bold in its flavours but at the same time enticing and seductive. Our conclusion? That this gin is as gripping and satisfying as the best Noridic noir, we raise our glass to Bareksten!

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