Warner Edwards Melissa Gin

This is a sponsored post on the best British gin brands to try.

If there’s one thing to know about me, is I love gin.  It’s been a decade and a half love affair of the stuff. And whilst I have my firm favourites, I’m always up for trying new gins.

Luckily for me and other gin lovers, the craft gin scene in Britain is booming right now.  So much so that the Wine & Spirit Trade has put together a London Gin Trail and a Scottish Gin Trail to help promote the stunning British gin brands that have helped see sales of gin in the UK rocket by £150 million in the last two years. So much so, that Britain now occupies the space of being the biggest exporter of gin in the world.

The 5 British Gin Brands to Try

To celebrate this homegrown success story, here are five British gin brands, to try, that you might not have heard of. These have been selected from the extensive range available online at 31Dover.com. This is the UK’s leading and award-winning online drinks shop specialising in next day delivery, including gifting.  Click through to see more detail about each individual gin via the links below:

Warner Edwards Melissa Gin

Melissa Gin is the first of the Botanical Garden limited edition range from Warner Edwards. Warner Edwards has used various herbaceous plants from their newly-built garden on their farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire.  The Melissa gin is crafted with lemon balm, a member of the mint family. It’s also known by its Latin name Melissa officinalis (hence the name!) and has a delicious citrus and minty taste.

31Dover sent me a bottle to try (it’s a hard job, but someone’s got to!). I have to say it’s a very refreshing and drinkable gin.  I’ve been enjoying it garnished with a slice or two of lime and a sprig of mint.  Definitely, one to add to your British gin collection.  The bottle even comes with a little pack of lemon balm seeds so you can grow your own garnish.  What’s not to love?

Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin

Distilled in Turnbridge Wells, initially, the name caught my eye.  Since first hearing about this British gin I have heard only good things, and I’ve noticed it’s won a raft of awards.

The Bathtub Gin is produced in small batches using the traditional method known as cold compounding. This means no distillation takes place after the initial grain is produced.  Instead, botanicals such as juniper, coriander, clove, and orange peel are left to infuse in the high-quality pot-distilled grain spirit.  The resulting spirit is a smooth and clean gin with fresh, bright flavours. This has left Ableforth high up on my list of British gin brands to try.

The Botanist British Gin

This small-batch gin from the Isle of Islay is made with nine classic gin aromatics. This includes orris root, cassia bark, and coriander seed.  Twenty-two locally foraged botanicals are added to this, including hawthorn flower, juniper, meadowsweet, and water mint. These are hand-picked by their team from the hills, peat bogs, and Atlantic shores of this beautiful Hebridean island.  It then takes 17 hours to complete the distillation cycle, for a unique taste and aroma.

Masons Tea Edition Yorkshire Gin

Excuse me, did someone mention tea and gin in the same breath?  Oh yes, Masons did, with their Tea Edition Yorkshire gin!  I am a fan of both gin and tea so encompassing both can surely be only a good thing?

The British gin is described as “offering an abundance of authentic and balanced tea notes, set against the powerful and spicy botanical base of the original Yorkshire gin. Deliciously smooth and warming, the herbal notes, citrus, and gentle spice are complemented by the robust tea flavour“.  I will be giving this a go for sure.

Edinburgh Gin’s Seaside Gin

I’m a big fan of Edinburgh Gin. However, embarrassingly I haven’t managed a trip to their distillery even though it’s practically on my doorstep.  I must rectify that as Edinburgh Gin makes some pretty good gins. This particular gin is said to invoke a day at a Scottish east coast beach (home of some of the best beaches!).  The ‘temptingly’ named scurvy grass, ground ivy, and bladderwrack provide the botanical taste, and all I can say is I’m very intrigued.

What are your favourite British gin brands? And for more gin inspiration, do try my cranberry and orange infused gin recipe.

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