We're always on the hunt for delicious new craft gin brands at Gin Festival. Here are the latest 5 we've added to our selection.
Le Gin De Christian Drouin is a delightful, apple-based spirit with fresh green notes and a touch of spice.
A family business, established in sometime around 1960, Christian Drouin make a range of fine spirits and drinks. Using their extensive orchards, their most famous product is their calvados, though they have recently extended the range to include gin.
By taking a fine calvados and infusing it with juniper, ginger, vanilla, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon and rose, Christian Drouin have created something spectacula r. Apple is obviously a key component to Le Gin De Christian Drouin but leafy, green herbs come through strongly as well warming pepper and earthy fruitiness. Despite the variety, this is not a fussy gin - it is light and exceptionally well balanced.
Juniper berries and no fewer than 45 botanicals come together to make X-Gin. Inspired by the ancient drink Xocolatl, each bottle comes with cocoa nibs to garnish.
The creators behind X Gin set out to revive the Aztec drink Xocolatl. Xocolatl was based on cocoa, was reserved exclusively for Kings and Queens and was said to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Obviously, this sparked their interest! But rather than try and ferment chocolate, they instead set out to master a gin that used cocoa nibs as a key botanical.
Elegant and refined, X Gin is a really innovative take on traditional gins. It has a dessert-like flavour with aromas of nuts, vanilla and cocoa. We’d serve X-Gin with a neutral tonic or even soda for best effect.
Every bottle is sold with a small container of cocoa nibs to garnish the drink.
Fresh and bold, Big Boss Gin, is a unique and outstanding Portuguese gin.
Neto Costa, who have been making great spirits since 1935, are proud to present their new generation of premium gins. After a long period of research and development, Neto Costa are keeping their fabulous recipe a closely guarded secret.
Taking a secret formula of 11 botanicals and using traditional Portuguese techniques to distil 4 times, Big Boss is an audacious and distinct spirit. Cardamom and angelica come through clearly, backed by a warm earthiness. Refreshing and smooth, Big Boss is a fantastic gin.
ISC Gold Medal winning Bimber Gin has a decent amount of juniper and refreshing citrus notes with a long spicy finish.
Bimber Distillery (which, stands upon the site of a former Guinness Brewery) began life in 2015, creating a range of all-natural spirits: no weird colourings, no dodgy additives. Distilled in a traditional copper pot, their London Dry Gin is carefully crafted with their own wheat vodka (which is distilled four times), plus a blend of 10 different botanicals.
Bimber has a great balance of bright juniper, fresh citrus notes from orange and lemon, nutty coriander seeds, fragrant angelica and warm cinnamon. A dry and earthy finish and a remarkable persistence of the spice aromas are among it's more distinctive features.
Made in partnership between Isle of Wight Distillery and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Isle of Wight HMS Victory is a superb navy strength gin.
A portion of all profits from this gin will go towards paying for restoration work on HMS Victory, the Royal Navy's most illustrious warship.
The Isle of Wight Distillery is a long dreamt of collaboration between Xavier Baker, who has been brewing beer since 1995, and Conrad Gauntlet, who started making wine and growing vines back in 1985. The native flora of the Isle of Wight plays an important role in their produce, using rock samphire hand picked from the chalk cliffs and Isle of Wight grown Boadicea hops as some of their key botanicals.
The extra alcoholic strength of HMS Victory Gin is matched by a greater intensity of botanical oils. Grains of paradise shine through first on the palate, pairing with an alcohol heat. These are followed by the hearty punch of the juniper and a refreshing lemon zest.
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