Exploring the world of Artisan Gin with I Love Gin
In recent years Gin has become a fashionable spirit again (was it ever out of favour?) and it seems that distilleries are popping up all over the world. So many in fact, that it can be quite bewildering when a bartender asks which gin you’d prefer with your tonic and indeed before buying a full sized bottle how do you know that you are going to like a particular mix of botanicals? That’s where a service such as I Love Gin comes to the fore. Sending 2 x 50cl bottles along with suggested mixers and a little treat once a month, it allows you to explore gins that you might not have previously tried, or indeed have even heard about without committing to a full-size bottle.
I was very excited to receive my first box through the post towards the end of December. It contained two very different gins, one a spiced dry gin and the other an orange marmalade from a Welsh distillery. I tried a little of the orange marmalade gin neat, wondering if it’d be more like a gin liqueur, but it wasn’t sweet at all so I decided to pair it with the suggested tonic. The orange aroma reminded me of Christmas a few days previously, so I added star anise and a piece of spicy and sweet cassia bark (a type of cinnamon stick) to get that Christmas aroma going. Simple and delicious.
I’ve subsequently embarked on ‘dry/damp’ January, and so I’m waiting a few more weeks before trying the Peaky Blinder gin – I hope it’s not as dangerous as the gang it takes its name from!
A monthly box costs £14 including postage and a £5 voucher which can be used in the online shop. If for example, you liked the Aber Falls and wanted to commit to a full bottle it’s £28, but only £23 with the voucher. There are currently 55 different gins in the shop to tempt you. Not only that, you can pause, skip or stop the subscription at any time if you need a break or change your mind.
Find out more from the I Love Gin website
Meanwhile, if you are looking for more inspiration and cocktails to make with Gin, here are a few we’ve already written about.
How about a winter Gin Negroni made with Orangery Gin from the English Gin Company
Or a truffled Gin Martini with Cruxland
If you are yearning for summer – well, an Italian 75 – Prosecco and Malfy Limone Gin
Or, for something simpler, a Classic Pink Gin Spritz with Gordons
Finally, here’s our recommended way to make a classic Gin and Tonic
Disclosure: We have been sent sample I Love Gin subscription boxes for the purpose of this review. All content is editorially given.