I guess eventually it had to happen, that I would find a gin that I didn’t like. This is an award-winning gin, a highly crafted gin (distilled 7 times, using 11 botanicals) and it is very nicely packaged and priced at around £30 a bottle for 70cl (37.5%).
I bought the bottle several weeks ago and, in an attempt to enjoy it, have tried hard to find a way to mix it into a decent drink, but I’ve given up; this is not the gin for me.
It does not work in my usual 50:50 / 33:66 gin to tonic proportions, it does not seem to work with any Fever-Tree tonic (I tried four) or the Fentiman’s Tonic Water. It didn’t exactly ruin a martini, but it certainly wasn’t something I could recommend.
Perhaps I am just not a fan of Silver Birch Sap, which is used as one of the botanicals in Blackdown, and unique to them as far as I can tell. So, I am sorry to say, I found this to be a fairly bland drink, and the flavours I did get were metalic and disappointing.
Blackdown Sussex Dry Gin – £30 for 70cl
Gin & Tonic Rating: 1/5