Brockmans (no apostrophe it would seem), is a division gin: you’ll either like it, or you won’t. Amazon reviews demonstrate the breadth of feeling, from “This is horrible. Seriously… it tastes so sweet that it is undrinkable” and ” I do not think it should be classed as gin” to “One of the finest gins I’ve had the pleasure of drinking”. And I have to say I fall in with the latter group, yes this gin is sweet, yes it is different, but I love it.
I do have a sweet tooth, I’ll happily drink a bottle of Gewurztraminer, or eat a packet of skittles – although probably not at the same time. So if you like your white wines very dry, then you will probably want to get a second opinion on Brockmans, but you really don’t need a sweet tooth to appreciate it. The other half, with her superior palate, likened the taste to Wham Bars, the pink chewey bar with candy rocks dotted through it, and I can see where she is coming from, however she is also a big fan – and she can’t stand Gewurztraminer. Her mother likened the taste to vanilla, and did not approve; all in all I’ve enticed half a dozen people into having a glass, and, similarly to the Amazon buyers, reviews are ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’, with the majority in the love camp.
Brockmans is made by steeping the botanicals in pure grain spirit for several hours, then distilling in a traditional copper still. Juniper and ten other botanicals are used and it is perhaps the blueberries and blackberries that carry most weight from these and translate into the final flavour. If making this at home then I always add blueberries to my glass of ice and Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water. I’ve also tried it with Mediterranean Tonic, but on balance think the Indian adds a note of tradition that perhaps this particular gin needs. The makers also advise a twist of grapefruit peel, perhaps to neutralise some of the sweetness, but I’ve not yet had a grapefruit handy.
I love the packaging: the heavy round black glass bottle, the gothic typeface and limited white and red palette. A 70cl bottle will set you back about £32 and it is the usual 40% vol – so not cheap for a gin, but in this reviewer’s opinion, it is a good investment for your folding money. Some purists may be displeased with the dominance of fruit flavours over juniper, but make no mistake, this is certainly gin. Do beware that you may hate it, but hopefully you may, like me, just love it.
Brockmans Intensely Smooth Premium Gin – £31.50 for 70cl
Gin & Tonic Rating: 4.5/5
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Prices correct at time of review.