My wife, bless her cotton socks, made me some ice cubes so that I had ice for my G&T when I returned from London. Little did she know that I was out of gin!
Vodka and Tonic was the order of the day. Not great, but with the addition of some St Germain elderflower liqueur and a slice of pink grapefruit made a clean, refreshing long summery drink. Nice, but not gin.
So, the next day, it was off to the local shop to remedy this problem. I managed to leave my wallet at home, so couldn’t visit any shop with a decent selection whilst at work, but my local Co-op had Plymouth Original Strength gin.
Tonight Matthew, I will be mostly drinking Plymouth gin.
Plymouth gin: first impressions
Well, that is slightly unfair, but essentially, while this gin is smooth, it isn’t packed with a complexity of nose-resident flavour. Plymouth is renowned for its root-based botanicals and I wonder if my tastes lean toward the more fragrant floral botanicals.
The gin and tonic I made had definite alcohol in it; it was not far from the vodka and tonic I had last night. Don’t get me wrong, there was obviously gin in the glass, but it wasn’t as noticeable as many other brands.
Trying it neat saw similar results. Yes, it was smooth, but it seems t lack depth and flavour; almost like a blend of vodka and gin. Given that this is the oldest working gin distillery in England (if not the world) I was expecting something a little more special. Maybe I have a luddite palate.
The Blackfriars distillery is only an hour down the A38 from where I live, so I might try and visit it one day.