Juniper Club Gin
February 13, 2019
December 13, 2018
There has been a plethora of Gin creations over the last year or so including rhubarb as one of their major stars, and why not, this classic British ingredient has lent itself brilliantly to working in Gin.
So, what options are there?
The ever popular Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin has certainly stormed the ranks, a stand out purple bottle making it easily spotted. A subtle rhubarb flavour with hints of orange, some difference in opinion as to the level of ginger coming through - probably down to taste buds!
A newcomer based on Grandad's allotment rhubarb recipe is Grandad's Allotment Rhubarb Gin, this comes from the Exeter Gin team and has a fresh fruity element you would expect.
St. Giles Gin have this year launched their Raspberry, Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, with an explosion of flavours this Gin is designed to be drunk neat but could also be enjoyed with indian tonic and a raspberry garnish.
With many fans and a perfect summer tipple Tarquin's Rhubarb & Raspberry Cornish Gin tends to be favoured by those preferring a slightly sweeter edge, to be honest it works any time of year, and the new bottles are great!
Another Cornish Rhubarb Gin, well we do have the climate (!), is Jynerva Rhubarb & Vanilla Cornish Gin from the Atlantic Distillery. Slightly less sweet but still a good depth of flavour.
One of our all time favourite Rhubarb Gins is the Orkney Gin Company Rhubarb Old Tom Gin, a real depth of flavour, a gin that seems to have a 'density' to it. Delicious neat, perfect for sipping in front of a winter fire or paired with Ginger Ale and a raspberry. Delicious.
September 24, 2018
Black Tomato Gin is distilled at the Kampen Distillery in Zeeland, Holland.
Black Tomato Gin is one we have wanted to try for a while now and have been intrigued by the bottle with it's matt black coating and distinctive tomato logo.
We honestly were not sure what the colour of the emerging liquid was going to be and in some way this added to the charm and the mystery!
The Black Tomatoes used in the gin are grown in Southern Sicily, producing well flavoured fruits that are combined with salt water in distillation.
We served Black Tomato Gin with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, a sprinkling of Black Peppercorns and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
There is an initial subtle tomato and rosemary (garnish) aroma and on tasting this gives way to Juniper and a sweet but warm taste - perhaps due to the mediterranean tonic. A highly recommended G&T that was hard to put down!
Black Tomato Gin is available in 50cl and 5cl bottles, certainly one that should be added to the must try list and a surprise excellent G&T after considering tasting it for so long!
September 06, 2018
Traditionally Navy Strength Gin refers to an ABV of 57% or above, or 114% proof, a high enough alcohol content where Gunpowder would remain lit if sparked into the Gin. Sailors used this test to make sure they were getting gin of high enough 'quality'.
New to the market is Wrecking Coast Distillery's Scurvy Gin, keeping it's seafaring link in the name referring to the Vitamin C deficient disease prevalent amongst sailors of old.
St. Giles Gin from Norfolk produce a Diver's Edition, a smooth blend of international botanicals including cubeb berries and local Norfolk Samphire, great over ice neat but equally good with tonic and pink grapefruit!
Scotland's Orkney Island showcases Arkh-Angell Storm Strength Gin, paying homage to generations of sea faring Orcadians and using Norweigan angelica grown locally within the gin.
A play on words introduces Yorkshire Dales Distillery and their Desert Ram Army Strength Gin, quadruple distilled with North African and Middle Eastern botanicals.
Trevethan's Chauffeur's Reserve Gin is a true Cornish legend, a high profile gin with increased strength and character to match. Smooth and elegant.
September 06, 2018
Cornwall is punching well above it's weight on the Craft Gin scene, with new and more well known Gins to consider from the Duchy we have put together The Juniper Club 5 MUST TRY Cornish Gins....
Caspyn Cornish Dry from the Pocketful of Stones Distillery in Penzance, headed up by Shaun Bebington, has been a star of the Cornish Gin scene for a while now and deservedly so is reaping awards across the Gin scene.
East Cornwall sees the showstopping Trevethan Gin being produced since it's invention in 1829 by Norman Trevethan, their Original Cornish Gin is smooth and fragrant and pairs fabulously with a quality Indian Tonic plus cloves or orange.
Separated by 28 miles of rolling seas of the coast of Land's End the Island of St. Agnes, part of the Isles of Scilly, sees the production of Westward Farm Scilly Gin. Botanicals from around the world are combined in their tiny still producing this fantastic Island Spirit.
The work of the Thomson Brothers with their St. Ives Gin is worthy of the Top 5, with Cornwall's First Cold Compound Gin and the aim of capturing the essence of Cornwall you will find fresh botanicals from the St. Ives coastline included to draw your senses to the Ocean.
Finally a newcomer to the Cornish Gin scene which is rocking the boat! Cornish Rock Gin is a 2018 Cornish Gin that evokes freshness and smooth juniper notes, delicious in a range of cocktails and makes a fantastic G&T, don't leave without one!
The Juniper Club is an online Craft Gin Superstore with shipping available all over the UK, as well as a physical Gin Superstore in Cornwall - your one stop shop for fantastic Cornish Gin!