CleanCo is a relatively new company in the alcohol-free spirits market and I am always up to trying new zero alcohol products. I’ve not drunk any alcohol since August 2023 – almost a year! There’s been a growing trend of people doing the same. More of us are opting for non-alcoholic alternatives to our favourite spirits.
- About CleanCo
- The CleanCo Gin Range
- Ingredients and Production
- My Taste Experience
- Why would you want to buy alcohol-free gin?
- Why I stopped drinking
- Where to Buy CleanCo Gin
- Which CleanCo drink would you try?
CleanCo has gained a lot of attention for its non-alcoholic drinks. Especially the gin alternatives.
Whether you’re looking to reduce your alcohol intake or simply want to enjoy a refreshing drink without the buzz, CleanCo offers a promising solution so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. CleanCo received a positive review from a customer who praised their services and really enjoy tasting their products!
CleanCo is a UK-based company that was founded in 2019 by Spencer Matthews. He’s known for his appearances on the popular TV show “Made in Chelsea.”
Partnering with Union Distillers, a renowned botanical and distillation expert, CleanCo set out to create a range of alcohol-free spirits that would cater to those seeking a cleaner and healthier lifestyle.
The CleanCo Gin Range
CleanCo offers a good range of non-alcoholic gin alternatives, each carefully crafted to deliver a distinct flavour profile. They are all vegan and low-calorie. Let’s take a closer look at their offerings:
Clean G: The Classic Gin Alternative
Clean G is CleanCo’s take on a traditional London Dry Gin. Made with aromatic botanicals, including real juniper, Clean G aims to provide the familiar taste of gin without the alcohol content. The crisp flavour profile and balanced botanicals make Clean G an excellent choice for those craving a classic gin drink.
The juniper notes shine through, providing that distinctive gin flavour, while the absence of alcohol allows for guilt-free enjoyment. Whether mixed with tonic water or enjoyed neat over ice, Clean G offers a satisfying and authentic gin experience.
Clean G Pink
For those looking for a more vibrant and fruity gin alternative, Clean G Pink is the perfect choice. This drink combines the same crispness of Clean G with fruity notes that add a delightful twist. With its refreshing taste and beautiful pink hue, Clean G Pink is a popular option for those who love pink gin that has a touch of sweetness.
The fruity notes, combined with the classic gin botanicals, create a harmonious balance that is both refreshing and enjoyable. Clean G Pink is a great choice for those looking to experiment with new and exciting cocktail creations.
Clean G Ruhbarb
Clean G Rhubarb is a delightful pink non-alcoholic gin. It’s a Clean G with rhubarb and red berry aromas. It’s infused with fruit and botanical flavours, this cloudy gin presents a symphony of fruity rhubarb, juniper, and citrus notes, complemented by hints of coriander, mint, and cinnamon.
Clean R: The Rum Alternative
Clean R is CleanCo’s answer to the demand for non-alcoholic rum alternatives. While traditional rum is known for its rich and complex flavours, Clean R offers a lighter and more subtle taste. With hints of exotic spices and a smooth finish, Clean R is a fantastic option for those who want to enjoy the essence of rum without the alcohol content.
While it may not replicate the full-bodied intensity of alcoholic rum, Clean R provides a pleasant and flavorful alternative. The subtle hints of exotic spices and the smooth finish make Clean R a great choice for those who want to enjoy rum without alcohol.
Clean T: Tequila Without the Bite
Tequila lovers can now enjoy CleanCo’s Clean T, a non-alcoholic tequila alternative. Clean T captures the essence of tequila with its combination of mint, basil, and citrus flavours. While it may not replicate the exact bite of traditional tequila, Clean T provides a refreshing and enjoyable drinking experience that is perfect for cocktails or sipping on its own.
Clean W: The Whiskey alternative
Like Bourbon Whisky? Then try the non-alcoholic Clean W. It has oak and sweet vanilla notes, evolving into a flavourful blend of spice, apple, and figs, culminating in a smooth, satisfying finish. Go for a classic bourbon and coke mix over ice.
Ingredients and Production
CleanCo takes pride in using high-quality ingredients to create its non-alcoholic spirits. While the exact distillation process remains a well-guarded secret, CleanCo ensures that its drinks are made with natural flavourings, water, vegetable glycerine, citric acid, and potassium sorbate. By carefully sourcing botanicals like juniper, orris root, cardamom, and angelica root, CleanCo creates a superb non-alcoholic spirit that captures the essence of traditional gin.
My Taste Experience
Inspired by some of the cocktails that you can find on the CleanCo website, I mixed a few drinks myself.
I tried one with:
- blueberry juice
- soda water
- Clean G Rhubarb
And for one with:
- tonic water
- Clean G Pink
You can taste the classic gin botanicals in these drinks, giving it a gin feel, though it doesn’t replicate the taste fully. It’s a nice alternative that makes you feel like you’re having a nice drink without actually drinking.
I have been enjoying one of these on an evening to sit down and unwind, it makes a nice change to drink something nice instead of just water.
I love the bottles these come in, they look great in our drinks cabinet. At £16 a bottle, they are quite expensive, but they are cheaper than other brands I’ve seen.
Why would you want to buy alcohol-free gin?
You might be wondering what is the point of alcohol-free gin. While it doesn’t give you the same taste as real gin, there are still many occasions where this type of drink would come in handy.
- If you are having a house party or dinner party where people may be drinking, it’s a good thing to offer people an alternative.
- Have a pregnant friend that missing drinking? CleanCo has you covered!
- Are you organising a baby shower for a friend? Again, this would be an appropriate drink instead of alcohol.
- Do you want to drink less, but miss the action of drinking? When I did Dry January a few years ago, alcohol-free drinks helped me through the weekends. I was in the habit of drinking at the weekend and they give me the same feeling of having a fancy glass in my hand! Honestly, I don’t care so much for alcohol-free drinks anymore but at the start of my alcohol-free journey, they always help!
Why I stopped drinking
I wanted to stop drinking for years. I did Dry January many times and cut right down, but it always crept back up.
I wanted to stop drinking because my hangovers were getting worse as I got older. It was getting to the point where I could feel rubbish after even one or two drinks. I’d have a bad night’s sleep, then feel rubbish the next day!
Since having a baby, this just got worse so I decided to quit altogether. The hangovers are just not worth it for me. I hate losing a day to being ill and not being able to do things I had planned. Plus being ill with a toddler is a nightmare.
I’m much happier now I don’t drink, no more waking up with a bad head and wasting time being sick. It’s great to feel fresh as a daisy on a Sunday morning.
I am more motivated and have more energy. There are so many times when I’ve not gone to the gym, skipped my piano practice and spent hours in front of the TV instead of doing something worthwhile.
As CleanCo’s motto goes ‘A life less wasted’ and that’s exactly how I feel.
Where to Buy CleanCo Gin
CleanCo alcohol free-drinks are available for purchase both online and in select supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Ocado. You can find CleanCo products on their official website, or through online retailers specialising in alcohol-free alternatives.
Which CleanCo drink would you try?
I’ve enjoyed trying the two gins – but I have my eye on the Whisky! I have been tempted to buy a whiskey alternative before, it’s probably one of the drinks I miss the most. Even though I didn’t drink it that much, I always enjoyed a late-night whiskey.
Cheers to a cleaner, healthier, and more enjoyable drinking experience with CleanCo.