January is usually a time where people make New Year’s resolutions, and one of the most common ones is to refrain from drinking. However, for avid Gin lovers, that simply isn’t possible. On the other hand, another common new year’s resolution is to try new things, and that we can certainly get behind, with four gins that you must try. Start the new year with a new favourite gin as we draw a spotlight on four gins you have to try.
Burlieghs specialise is producing London Dry Gin which blends perfectly for a classic gin and tonic, or in the case with the Burlieghs Export Strength Gin, for an aromatic gin and tonic. All their products are distilled with their unique eleven botanical recipes; however, their pink gin is a sophisticated offering. The Pink Gin and Lemonade is a student favourite which usually uses Gordons Pink Gin with overpowering strawberry flavours. Burlieghs Pink Gin, on the other hand, is a more intricate creation with delicate sensations that balance Cherry Blossom and Sweet Hibiscus and with a Pink Grapefruit zest. Whilst they do recommend serving it with Fever-Tree Tonic, the Pink Gin and Lemonade combination is such a staple for Highstreet drinking that Burleighs Pink Gin should be utilised to that end.
McQueen & The Fog Gin
Handcrafted in Brazil, the McQueen and the Fog Gin is an ambitious combination of flavours rather than just focusing on one or two. With every sip, you get a different flavour, spice, juniper, herbal flavours from the basil leaves and rosemary, along with the citrus and floral tones. This is certainly a unique take on the modern gin, especially since this isn’t a flavoured gin, however, it’s still a smooth gin that can be enjoyed on ice or with tonic. McQueen and the Fog is a rarity to find, nevertheless, it’s a one of kind experience that is ultimately worth it.
This is probably the most well-known gin on this list for Gin Lovers, but for those who are slightly newer to Gin, it’s a staple London Dry Gin found on almost every high-end bar across the country. It’s distilled in Manchester and the Thomas Darkin Small Batch gin was launched in 2015 after the original distillery from 1761 in Warrington tragically burned down in 2005. It has quite the kick to it with its 42% alcohol by volume, which makes it perfect for a boozy cocktail such as a Negroni, and the Thomas Dakin gives the best Negroni recipe.
How about a taste of America, with Black Seagram’s extra dry gin, along with its series of flavoured gins which utilise flavoured liquors to achieve their obscure tastes that you would have never of thought of. Supposedly, it’s “America’s Gin” made just as Uncle Sam intended, with all the variety and exceptional Gins in their range to match your tastes and personality. If you’re looking to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig’s finishes with No Time to Die, the Extra Dry Gin is perfect as a gin martini or as a new go-to gin (Shaken not Stirred). If you’re more adventurous or curious about the unknown, give the Seagrams Red Berry Gin a try, as it is recommended neat or on the rocks which quite frankly is unusual.