“An Explosion of Summer Flavours”
40% abv ~ England
If you are at all familiar with St. Giles Gin then you will be delighted to learn that husband and wife team Simon and Alison Melton have launched a fruity summer version. Their latest offering features the very English flavours of raspberry, rhubarb and ginger. This summery addition to the St Giles portfolio was launched recently at the Royal Norfolk Show and is perfectly timed for what is turning out to be a right royal summer in the UK.
Their Raspberry, Rhubarb and Ginger gin began a while back when they experimented with out of season Spanish raspberries. Although good they knew that using fresh locally sourced Norfolk raspberries would take their gin to another level and sweetness. When Pete Margree, their distiller, decided to add rhubarb to the mix their gin was born.
Made in their custom built copper still Anna this gin joins the original St Giles and the Diver’s Edition to form a hat-trick of flavour packed gins. Already a big fan of their original gin I was keen to get my hands on a bottle from batch 01.
At 40% abv, this is not a liqueur. It is a gin, yippee! The raspberry pink shade indicates that this is an infused gin. Even better. While I love London Dry gins I am also coming round to more contemporary style fruity gins. Must be something to do with summer.
The original distinctive blue label, matched to the oxidised copper of the lightning rod on St. Giles Church in Norwich, their home city, has been replaced with a white one. The tactile embossed raspberry on the label is a nice touch. As is the elegant metallic pink embossed lettering coupled with green.
The raspberry pink tamper label matches the colour of the gin inside the now familiar trapezoid shaped bottle. The stopper is wooden and the bottle solid with heft. Everything about this bottle exudes class.
Juniper indeed and a sweet fruitiness without being jammy. Raspberry and rhubarb combine delicately to form a summery scent. Quite intoxicating.
Unmistakable as coming from the St Giles distillery. The rich creaminess with full-on flavour is there with the added bonus of a clean raspberry taste. The balance of sweet raspberry and tart rhubarb is just right. If I didn’t know ginger was there I wouldn’t honestly have been able to pick it out. It is present more as a suggestion.
Juniper is there too to satisfy the purists. It comes sauntering in late as though it doesn’t want to make a big show of itself like the raspberry. But this is definitely gin.
Their signature lemongrass, I was pleased to find, is also there. Its perfumed lemon flavour is held back so as not to make the gin too soapy.
The whole combine to make a very tasty gin indeed.
Designed as a sipping gin it does what it says on the ‘label’. You can add a splash of tonic if you wish. I added a bit more and some fresh raspberries for a refreshing long drink. I also tried it with a dash of homemade cucumber syrup and premium tonic. Divine.
St. Giles Raspberry, Rhubarb & Ginger Gin is available to purchase online.