- Food & Drink
I was welcomed back to London in many and various ways. Dinner and drinks, drinks and dinner, sometimes drinks and no dinner (but never just dinner). My startled liver, who’d got used to processing sludgy tannic tea and the occasional glass of sprightly lemonade, found itself going full throttle again.
There was alcohol in every tubing, sac and cavity that could be turned into a boozy holding area and my shame and embarrassment glands were brought out of retirement and set to work every morning, pumping horrifying memories into my brain before I’d unstuck my eyelids.
So it’s no surprise that the first gift I received on my return was a bottle of gin. @elem lives around the corner from Sacred Spirits and has been telling me to try the gin ever since he took his first sip. Finally, after watching me paddle around in the discount sections in the gin aisle for a year, he cracked and bought me a bottle. I knew he would eventually.
Day or night gin? At 40% it falls comfortably into the twilight world of pre-dinner cocktails and late night commiserations.
How does it smell? Not fishy, which is a leap forward for me and gins. It smells very clean; citrusy and wholesome like a neat and tidy housewife with a drinking problem. There’s a hint of the nostril-clearing nail polish remover smell that announces the arrival of most gins, but it’s quite gentle, almost inviting.
How does it taste? Well hello Mr Smooth. You and me are going to spend some quality time together. And by quality time I mean we’re gong to get very drunk, black out and then look a bit sheepishly at each other in the morning while we subtly check that we’re still wearing undergarments.
This is an amazing gin. There’s no burn or harshness, just the warm afterglow of a drink well made. It tastes of holidays and warm, dusty streets, which I’m going to put down to the orange, lemon and lime flavours. The spiciness of the cardamom adds an obvious splash of the exotic and there’s plenty more botanicals where that came from.
Buy it? Your main problem is not going to be wanting to buy it, but finding somewhere that’ll sell it to you. Not everyone can phone them up and ask them to pop round with a bottle, like @elem does. Mostly it seems to be available in bars, but there are a few shops listed (including dear old Gerry’s) and it retails for £27.50ish. It’s an amazing gin, a world away from the bottles of oily, ulcer creating moonshine that passes for gin and definitely worth hiding in your drinks cabinet for extra special company.