In the immortal almost words of Noddy Holder – it’s Chriiiiiiiiiistmas (gin)!
This is the gin from Craft Gin Club’s December box and it is a winner. It gives a feel of Christmas due to the warming, spicy flavour profile but is in no way a Christmas gimmick. Alongside other aromatic botanicals Batch have taken the unusual step of distilling frankincense and myrrh which add a real depth to the gin. The wise men would’ve been proud.
Details: Distilled using 12 botanicals including nutmeg, cloves and allspice, along with the trademark frankincense and myrrh. A relatively new, small-scale family-run production from Burnley, Lancashire; it was released in 2014. 40% abv.
Bottle: Clear, ridged glass. Beautiful label with gold detailing (to go alongside the frankincense and myrrh of course). The cork stopper makes the best ‘pop’ I’ve heard for a while. Sooooo good. Or to quote Monica Geller “Seven! Seven! Seven!”.
Serve: The Batch website recommends premium tonic garnished with frozen raspberries and lime peel (I used a slice of lime because I am clearly a monster). I’ll also be trying mine with the new limited edition Fever-Tree Clementine and Cinnamon tonic which is 10/10 delicious.
Nose: Smells like the best Christmas candle ever! Alongside the piney notes of juniper there are hints of cinnamon and cloves, with a big hit of orange peel singing through.
Tasting notes: The frankincense and myrrh stand out as the flavours you just can’t quite pin down, to my palate at least. I don’t drink a lot of frankincense! Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves all create a warm and well-rounded mouth feel and the fresh, zesty orange and juniper linger on the palate.
Drink, buy or bin? I love a spicy gin and this is complex yet balanced. Right up my street. Buy buy buy!!