Small Batch Victoria Pink Gin
Gin Lane 1751 is a collaboration between Charles Maxwell, an 8th generation distiller, of Thames Distillers, one of only 4 distilleries in London, and The Bloomsbury Club, a mysterious group of drinks industry ‘veterans’. They pride themselves on producing classic Victorian style gin with a ‘bold predominance of juniper berries, hints of liquorice and a refreshing citrus finish’. Huzzah!
The name is a nod to Hogarth’s engraving Gin Lane which is a bit confusing as the engraving was published in 1751. As far as I’m aware the Victorian age began in 1837 when Victoria came to the throne. Maybe I’m being a bit picky. Then again. Little details like this matter. They really do!
Anyway, moving on. There are 4 gins in their catalogue: London Dry, Victoria Pink, Old Tom and London Dry Royal Strength. All distilled with 100% pure grain spirit in small traditional pot stills.
Victoria Pink has 8 botanicals: juniper, orris root, Seville orange, angelica root, Sicilian lemon, star anise, cassia bark and coriander. Nothing out there, just tasty traditional botanicals. These botanicals are macerated for 24 hours then slow distilled in a process which lasts 7-8 hours. The hearts cut typically has an abv of 80%.
The bottle is a beautiful shape and the gin a delicate coral pink. The label is a styled recreation of a Victorian label and looks rather lovely.
The stopper is cork. I do like a good cork stopper. I love that satisfying pop you get when you open the bottle. And each gin has its own sound of the cork popping. Try it for yourself. I’m not making it up!
A pleasant juniper aroma, sweet and somehow floral. Do I detect orris root?
There is a peppery juniper taste with a sour hint of Seville oranges, but not unpleasantly. It manages to be sour-sweet and peppery all at the same time. Not much complexity, it has a medium mouthfeel, but enough to keep you interested. Personally, I can’t taste the star anise very much but it’s there in the background adding a spicy undertone. The finish is medium and juniper.
Rather obligingly the Gin lane 1751 website lists some very tempting cocktails. Here are a couple:~
Strawberry Cooler ~ 2 parts Victoria Pink Gin, 1 part Cointreau, 7-10 fresh strawberries. Muddle the strawberries in a shaker then add the rest of the ingredients. Shake. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.
Pink Clover Club ~ 1 part Vic Gin, 1/2 part lemon juice, 1/2 part raspberry syrup, 1 egg white. Dry shake the ingredients then add ice to the shaker and shake again. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.
I also tried it with premium Indian tonic where it performs well as a classic G&T.
If you would like more Gin Lane 1751 cocktails recipes then delve into their website.