Yorkshire folk love a gin, drinking more of it than anywhere in the UK except London. So to celebrate Yorkshire day, here are 5 fabulous Yorkshire gins.
Recent research by the CGA has shown that Yorkshire is a major contributor to the UK’s current gin boom. Not only did Yorkshiremen and women drink a staggering 64,188 more litres of gin than last year (equivalent to nearly 800 baths going down t’hill on wheels) but great Yorkshire gins are popping up all over the moors and dales. Plus, of course, Gin Festival hails from God’s own county! Our first festival was in Leeds, our HQ is in Bingley and we’re really proud that our own country can produce such spectacular spirits.
So, to get you in a Yorkshire Day mood, here are five top tipples from up North.
Slingsby Gin hails from Harrogate and is named for William Slingsby, who discovered the natural spring which was the basis for the picturesque Yorkshire spa town’s riches. That amazing spring water is one of the ingredients which make this gin so delicious with another crucial botanical being that most Yorkshire of plants, rhubarb.
Slingsby drinks sweet and easy with an initial burst of citrus, that gives way to familiar juniper and a light, but welcome anise. The mid palate is led by chervil, sweet cicely and green tea. The finish is all about that candied rhubarb, tart, sweet and gorgeous!
Founded by husband and wife team Toby and Jane, Whittaker’s is proudly and defiantly Yorkshire. Great care has been taken to retain the feel, the flavour and the terroir of their Nidderdale location by using local fresh water sources and hand picked local botanicals such as whortleberries, hawthorne berries and Yorkshire thyme.
Much of the flavour of Whittaker’s comes from the use of the, not very pleasantly named, bog myrtle. Bog Myrtle is still used to produce sweet heather ales but it was traditionally used as an alternative to hops. A peculiar combination of bitter and sweet, it helps turn Whittaker’s into a gin that tastes like none other.
One of the greatest things about Yorkshire is the unrivalled glory of the countryside. The great grand sweep of the Dales is a wonder to behold and a home to plenty of flora and fauna. One gin brand that really captures the heart of the Yorkshire countryside is Addingham Fruit Liqueurs who make all their liqueurs in owner Fiona’s kitchen, using hand foraged fruit from the village of Addingham.
Made with wild sloes, Addingham Sloe Gin is a classic English gin liqueur, flavoured with rounded sloe berries and subtle almonds. Try it topped up with a splash of prosecco to make a Gin Royale.
Addingham are great friends of Gin Festival so we had a chat with Fiona all about how she makes her distinctively delicious liqueurs. Why not give it a read?
Robin Hood is more famous for his exploits down Nottingham way but he was born and raised in Loxley, South Yorkshire where his more formal name comes from. Inspired by a great Yorkshire hero who saw things a bit differently, the creators of Sir Robin of Locksley gin have tried to create something a bit different themselves. Sir Robin is a sipping gin, equally delicious served neat over ice or in a G&T. Deliciously smooth on the palate with a slight sweetness from elderflower and plenty of pink grapefruit citrus, this delightful gin certainly accomplishes that goal.
A good strong brew, made with Yorkshire Tea of course, is one of the more popular drinks in this part of the world. In fact we might even go so far as to suggest it’s more popular than gin! Which is why it makes so much sense for Masons Yorkshire Gin to create a gin infused with that unmistakeable Yorkshire Tea flavour.
Voted our best new gin of 2015, Masons Gin - Yorkshire Tea Edition is robust, earthy and powerful. The tea adds a richness which works in harmony with the other, more typical gin, flavours. Whilst it could easily overpower juniper, citrus and spice it instead lifts them, transforming them and revealing new character to these familiar flavours. Gin and tea are both fantastic Yorkshire favourites that work beautifully together!
Lucky enough to have a new Gin Festival In A Box? Try using them to make our favourite Gin Festival cocktails at home.
For National Curry Week we wanted to look at pairing curry with gin cocktails, so we visited Indian Street Food bar Bundobust, in Leeds, to see how it’s done.
6 O'Clock Gin is our Gin of the Month, so we sat down with Michael Kain, head distiller at Bramley and Gage, to chat about this superb modern gin.
If you are a bit of gin lover or interested in finding a gin that you really like then the Gin Festival would be a perfect event for you.