This may be the Marmite of the gin world.
Whitley Neill is a brand with heritage; the founder’s family have been distilling gin for eight generations since 1762. While the original Whitley Neill Gin is inspired by the exotic flavours of Africa, their Rhubarb & Ginger Gin variation takes inspiration from closer to home.
From researching online and from reviews closer to home, it would seem people either really like this gin or they find it too sweet and/or artificial tasting. If you like a classic gin then this probably won’t be for you. If you like sweet gins and fruity liquors then you’ll probably love it.
Details: They say – A handcrafted gin inspired by the English country garden. The rhubarb adds a tart crisp edge to the smooth gin base, whilst the warming ginger extract contrasts and complements. 43% abv.
Bottle: Bright purple glass! Stout and rounded, like everyone’s favourite bear.
Serve: Premium tonic with a rosemary garnish, or ginger beer with a twist of lime.
Nose: Very sweet and fruity, artificially so.
Tasting notes: I find this to taste very artificial, more like a liquor than a gin. Both the rhubarb and ginger are evident but in sweet-like versions of themselves.
Drink, buy or bin? I’d like to try it with ginger beer to see if that combats the sweetness, but based just on the G&T I sampled it in I would say bin.
Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger can be found online and in some supermarkets (I found mine in Morrisons) for around £25 for 70cl.