Gift Ideas, Gin review, Uncategorized

Gin Gift Idea: Pothecary Gin Chocolate Gift Box

Gin, chocolate, fireside. There, we’ve got your attention 😉 For those looking for the perfect gift for the gin-lover in your life, we invite you to consider this heavenly pairing from Pothecary Gin and Kerry Witt of “Chocolate by Miss Witt”.

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Both parties having a passion for botanicals and flavours, we could only anticipate delicious things from the pairing!

Included in the gift set is a 100ml bottle of Pothecary Gin and 4 gourmet chocolates. They come in a beautiful (and very gift-able) ribbon adorned box. The good folk at Pothecary recommended the chocolates were paired with the gin either neat or over ice and for our tasting session, we chose to try it over ice.

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Now, we first tried Pothecary back in May just before they launched, so for a review of the gin flavour profile, we kindly direct you here. So let’s get to it and talk about the chocolate in the gift set and how it compliments the gin!

We tried the the “Ana” chocolate first (gold in appearance – perfect for Christmas). Named after Anatolia, the region where the organic black mulberries grow which feature in the gin. The ganache is cleverly crafted using the gin distillates from the black mulberries and organic Sicilian lemons, so a true partnership is born. The chocolate paired really well with the Pothecary gin and in fact it enhanced all of the key flavours and tones in the gin, in particular the lavender.

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Next up was the “Provencal” chocolate, in signature Pothecary turquoise. The crisp white chocolate shell offers a hint of the wonderful signature Pothecary lavender flavour without being too overpowering and the soft creamy mousse inside leaves a salty tang which works wonders when combined with the gin itself. A lovely combination and the favourite of the two at The Gin Club.

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You can tell that real consideration and craftsmanship has gone into the creation of both the gin and the chocolates. A wonderful partnership, combined in a beautiful gift set – great job guys. I know all of us at The Gin Club would be happy with another one of these in their stocking this coming Christmas.

The gift set retails at a very palatable £25 and is now on preorder at The Gin Kiosk & from tomorrow on 31dover.com and Master of Malt.

 

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Gin review, Uncategorized

Gin Tasting: Pothecary Gin

Ladies and GINtlemen – we have a very special tasting to share with you today. The good folk at Pothecary Gin proffered us with a bottle to try in advance of their grand launch in the UK and I must say, we’ve very much enjoyed this delightfully smooth tipple.

For us, this gin took us straight back to a late spring day on the island of Jersey surrounded by lavender bushes, warmed by the sun and smelling the bright scent of the ocean. And yes, lavender is a key botanical in this fresh-off-the-stills expression.

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Now, what we really love about Pothecary Gin is that it is a British (distilled in Dorset), blended gin. They have a unique process of distilling each botanical separately – and this yields a delightful profile of flavours that are both well-balanced and refreshingly individual, including wild-foraged juniper from Bulgaria, organic lavender from Provence and Organic black mulberries from Anatolia to name a few.

Incredibly smooth and easy to drink, lovers of floral, soft gins will really get on very well with Pothecary. And before it’s even properly launched, Pothecary Gin has been awarded ‘Double Gold’ at the globally renowned ‘San Francisco World Spirits Competition’. Accolade indeed.

Concepted and carefully distilled by friends Lukasz Dwornik and Martin Jennings, the pair decided after tasting one too many bland gins that they could do something better. And they may just have.

You won’t have seen Pothecary Gin on the back bar yet in London town… but fear not! If you’re off to Junipalooza this year, a) see you there and b) look out for the Pothecary team as they will be officially introducing London to their gin!

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THE TASTING

#1:      ON THE NOSE

Lavender (BIG TIME!), palma violets, liquorice and caremelised sugar.

#2:      ON THE PALETTE

That lavender doesn’t give way – it shines through on the palette, quickly followed by gentle juniper and lemon sherbet.

#3       THE FINISH

A mellow, ripe blackberry finish with earthy tones of cocoa and even a hint of basil.

If you’ve tried Pothecary Gin, tell us what you thought on Twitter @the_gin_club.

 

The Perfect Serve:

OK so a G&T is great, but gin rickey (soda) let’s this delicate profile shine. Even better, a dry martini, shaken with a twist of lemon.

The chaps at Pothecary recommend a Vesper Martini or a Gin Sour.

Price:             £39

ABV:              44.8%

Our rating:     8/10

Where to Buy It in the UK:

 

Exclusively at Gin Kiosk until it launches on World Gin Day at Junipalooza, £39

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