Help the bees; drink more gin!
This naturally sweet gin has been released in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), and each bottle sold helps to support their work. Every bottle also comes with a pack of wildflower seeds, encouraging buyers to plant them to help maintain Great Britain’s honeybee population. Warner Edwards have multiple beehives on site at Falls Farm, and with the help of their beekeeper they collected their first “Honey Harvest” in August this year.
With 28 botanicals this is Warner Edwards’ most complex gin to date. As well as the dollop of honey from the Warner Edwards beehives in every bottle, I find the floral and citrus notes really complement each other. WE have managed to make a gin big on flavour yet subtle at the same time.
Details: The Honeybee Gin is the 2017 varietal from the Warner Edwards Botanical Garden range, and has only been available to buy since the beginning of this month. Bottled at 43% vol.
Bottle: Yellow glass decorated with the signature script and etchings of the Warner Edwards range, if you look closely you will see a few bee-related drawings thrown in too. Rubber stopper cap, hand-sealed with wax. As with the rest of the range the coloured glass makes for an attractive bottle.
Serve: Suggested serve from the website is Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic, garnished with a lemon wedge and a few fresh sage leaves. I would also try this in a cocktail, perhaps a Bee’s Knees.
Nose: Floral-y sweet, like alcoholic honey.
Tasting notes: It opens warmly, not unlike the Melissa gin, but quickly mellows out to a sweet (but not achingly so) finish. The sweet and citrus notes really play off one another. Drunk neat you can definitely feel the hit of that 43% abv. With the suggested serve the sweet flavours are highlighted, although personally I find the sage starts to take a starring role once it infuses.
Drink, buy or bin? Drink. Overall I prefer the Melissa gin from their botanical range.
Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin can be found online on the Warner Edwards website (here) for £40 for 70cl.