Hello, welcome back to the gin diaries.
My beloved Masons Lavender Gin has come to the end so I decided to treat myself to something new. I am 100% going to re-purchase the lavender gin at some point though! It has such a unique taste and feels very warm and comforting.
Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin
Whilst most of Johnny Neill’s inspiration for his Gins comes from his ancestors intrepid exploits abroad, this Rhubarb and Ginger Gin harks from fond memories made slightly closer to home. Post-war, the Whitley Family, now settled into rural England near Daresbury, cultivated their garden with thrilling flavours, serving as inspiration for both the table and indeed their experimentation with new Gins. Johnny’s’ latest Gin evokes childhood memories of visiting his grandparents on their farm by taking a firm Whitley family favourite in rhubarb and placed a warm twist on this with the addition of fresh ginger.
Tasting Notes: Inspired by glory of English country gardens, the essence of rhubarb adds a tart crisp edge to the smooth English Gin base, whilst the ginger extract warms the palate for a full bodied finish.
Just in case you are wondering, it is just the bottle that is purple, not the gin! The gin itself is clear. It’s such a lovely flavour. I would say the rhubarb is much stranger than the ginger, though. I’d prefer it the other way around. I’ve tried this with a slimline tonic but you could try it with a soda or even neat over ice is you don’t want to ruin the flavour.
I’ve seen recommendations of having this with a slice of lime, orange or lemon and I can see how this would add extra flavour that compliments the gin so it’s something I look forward to trying in the future.
This gin has appeared in lots of bars lately, so if you’re wanting to try it without committing to a full bottle, keep your eye out!