- Food & Drink
2 weeks ago some swine, some low, creeping snake, some gutter dwelling rotter crept into my flat and stole my laptop. My beautiful, lovely laptop all covered in flour and butter and with its keys all stuck down with jam. S/he ran off with it and left me bereft, heartbroken, alone. The utter bastard.
In such circumstances there are only two possible courses of action. The first is to attach a cape to some underused Lycra gymwear, fashion a mask out of a pillowcase and stalk the streets of London, determined to track down the evil perpetrator and bring them to justice.
I didn’t do this. I followed the other path open to me: take to drink.
The drink I chose was Waitrose Original London Dry Gin. I had a new laptop to buy, so premium brands were out of the question, but dammit I would not have my standards compromised by criminals. If it was going to be own brand, it would be Waitrose own brand – and their slightly posher own brand, too.
Day or night gin? I’d suffered a trauma, so I was never going to buy anything below 40%. Theoretically, this makes it a night gin, unless you’ve been burglarised, in which case you can pour it on your Cornflakes because you’ve suffered a shock and need to steady your nerves.
How does it smell? Ah, fishy nail polish remover. How good it is to have you back in my glass, burning the hair out of my nostrils and bringing comfort to my world-weary heart. The first scent to actually waft out of the bottle is citrus and then it’s all icebergs, chill Arctic winds and Copydex.
How does it taste? This is a sweet gin that blooms with a caressing, gentle warmth. The bottle boasts that there are “no less than nine botanicals” in it and the first flavour to hit my tastebuds is orange. Candied and Christmassy, it’s the benign precursor to a flourish of spices that includes plenty of juniper and, I think, liquorice. Quite the winter gin, I think it’d be a great basis for a gin hot toddy.
Buy it? £15.49 for 1 litre, it’s good value for a quality every day gin. Its smooth, rounded flavour would just about survive a gin and tonic, although it’d make a fairly dull martini. Served neat over ice with a strip or 2 of orange zest, it’d be a good winter warmer sipped by a fireside.