It’s a top drink and I love how popular it has become; it’s coincided with the rise in independent “boutique” gin distilleries in the UK and I recently read that exports of the good stuff have risen by more than a third in five years.
This increase in demand and choice is brilliant news for the gin lover and now there are so many brands and flavours to try and discover.
I was recently sent two bottles of floral gins to try from the online seller 31Dover, to coincide with Chelsea Flower Show at the end of last month. The first was a Yorkshire gin – perfect for a Yorkshire girl like me – Masons Lavender Edition, and the second was an Elderflower liqueur which I’ve tried before from Edinburgh Gins.
Both have a really light and delicate flavour, perfect for a little evening sundowner in the garden amongst your own plants and flowers!
The description of the Masons is that it has lavender notes with the aroma of fennel, a hint of anise and a little spice of pine and juniper. This makes me very excited as I love any gin with a strong juniper taste and also anything with lavender gets my vote. The 31Dover website suggests trying it in a cocktail but I started by sampling it on its own with tonic, with a few sprigs of lavender cut from my front garden. It was so easy to drink and light tasting, I absolutely loved it.
The elderflower gin is described as having hints of pear, peach and grapefruit zest alongside Scottish elderflower, and it really is a lovely drink. I think even non-gin drinkers would appreciate this one as it doesn’t have a strong gin taste but rather a floral light feel to it.
I’ve tried the elderflower gin on its own, with tonic and mixed with the Masons, and all three ways are really good! Both are so light and refreshing and would be great for an early evening drink before dinner. Very English country garden!
The people at 31Dover are offering you a chance to win a bottle of elderflower gin, just fill out the form below. UK entrants only I’m afraid due to postage.
Good luck – and cheers!