Unique. One word to describe the nod to traditional styled gin that came before the art of distillation. The 21st century has brought the forgotten trend of producing ‘gin in a bathtub’ back into the limelight, with Professor Cornelius Ampleforth the forerunner.
The gin is made in ‘ultra-small’ batches of only 30 to 60 bottles at a time, using a process that involves taking a very fine copper pot still spirit, which is infused with an array of botanicals including Juniper, Orange Peel, Coriander, Cinnamon, Cloves and Cardamom. The result is one of the only cold-compounded gins currently available. When it comes to packaging, it doesn’t get much better than this either. In fact, the packaging was very much inspired by the fact the gin was so traditionally-made. The bottles are wrapped in brown paper, and feature a print of a beautiful hand-drawing, conjuring up images of the Victorian apothecaries of old. The bottle necks are wrapped with flax twine, which is made using 19th century methods, and each bottle is individually hand-dipped in black sealing wax.
So what to expect from this Victorian style gin?
Bathtub Gin – 43.4%
Fresh juniper with a slight citrus aroma and a light juniper scent combining well on the nose. The palate is introduced to a slight raw kick of juniper but develops into a creamy texture and a long, slightly dry finish.
You can only purchase Bathtub Gin via the guys at Master of Malt, or Selfridges – although there’s an obvious price difference.
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Please note, all information of Bathtub Gin has been taken from MasterofMalt.com – tasting notes are my own.
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