In appearance Bulldog is shouty and brash, and perhaps not something I would’ve picked up for myself if it hadn’t been bought for me (husband goals right there, well done B). I would’ve been missing out though as the taste of this gin is not brash, it is smooth and layered. It’s award-winning, having been voted a Top 50 Spirit, and received the highest rating ever received by a gin from Wine Enthusiast Magazine at the time of launch in 2007.
George’s Tip: If you have spare oranges, lemons, limes etc in the house slice them up and freeze them for garnishes. You do lose a little bit of flavour (and they can be a pain to separate once frozen) but you’ll never again find yourself with a garnish-less G&T!
Additional tip: If you find you need to go at the slices with a sharp knife to separate them then I highly recommend doing this before any gin(s)… Do as I say and not as I do (said all parents, ever).
Details: An “unexpected and bold gin” (in their words). Quadruple-distilled in the UK using the traditional London Dry Gin method, with some un-traditional botanicals sourced from around the world, including white poppy and dragon eye (no, me neither).
Bottle: A deeply unsubtle purple-black glass, with a spikey ‘dog-collar’ neck. It definitely shouts “Me man. Me make gin”. It’s also hard to tell how much you have left. Where’s the ‘Dislike’ button around here….?
Serve: Premium tonic. Suggested garnishes include cinnamon and star anise to highlight the spicy notes, or a wedge of blood orange to highlight the sweet and citrus notes. I only had a
run-of-the-mill, regular orange at the time and I still managed to drink it.
Nose: Cinnamon and a hint of floral.
Tasting notes: Doesn’t taste like a classic London Dry style, the juniper isn’t overpowering at all. It’s smooth from the almonds and subtly sweet from the liquorice. The cassia bark is evident with its cinnamon notes in the finish, but in a gentle and warming way.
Drink, buy or bin? It’s good value and I do really like this gin, in spite of the SO VERY MASCULINE bottle. I would buy it again, but I’d get someone else to pour it for me so I don’t have to look at it.
Bulldog can be widely found in supermarkets and online retailers for around £22 for 70cl.