Profile: Rhubarb, citrus, crème brulee
Perfect serve: Frozen, over ice as a sipping gin or a gin rickey
Our rating: 8/10
Gin fit for a Queen. No, really. This byoot-ee-fool gin is a Limited Edition from the chaps at Warner Edwards and it will really make you put your pinky up when sipping such a delightful drop. It’s made with rhubarb descended from a crop that grew in Queen Victoria’s garden – a most regal rhubarb that not only gives it a glorious flavour profile that’s both sweet and tart at the same time, but it colours the gin an elegant pink! And I, Lady Jenever, do heartily declare that this is one of my favourite gins of 2014.
I had seen Warner Edwards gin about, as one does, but had not got round to trying it until we met Sion Edwards and Tom Warner at Taste of London Christmas this year on a Gin Club mini-meet. The guys are such fun, a delight to chat to and I imagine the kind of chaps who would just make a dinner party with witty banter and good humour. Chatting a little more to Tom, he offered us a taste of Victoria’s Rhubarb and we had to buy a couple of bottles immediately for the rest of the Gin Club to taste.
Everything about this gin is delightful, from the story of how they came to become gin distillers (they met at agricultural college and started out with the intention of making essential oils..!) to the story of the rhubarb to the story of their still (it’s called ‘Curiosity’ thanks to the Distillery cat). It’s all delightful. The good folk at Gin Foundry wrote an awesome blog post about the Warner Edwards story – we won’t try and write one better, do have a read.
But to the gin itself… it’s a surprising gin to the palette, yet heart warming. We can thoroughly recommend getting your hands on a bottle before it’s all gone.
#1: ON THE NOSE
This is a summer Saturday afternoon with good friends in a glass – English rose, crème brulee, baked rhubarb and apple pie and a hint of lavender.
#2: ON THE PALETTE
A big hit of rhubarb (as you’d expect), soft citrus, pecans and caramel. This could easily be a sipping gin served ice cold.
#3 THE FINISH
Dry & warm but syrupy.
The Perfect Serve
We tried it straight up and of course as a classic G&T (Fever Tree tonic) with a slice of fresh lemon.
This would make a great gift for Christmas – if you’re looking for a last minute gift, get to your local gin retailer ASAP and bag a bottle, or do an IOU and buy from Warner Edwards direct.