Oh god I am properly late with this one.
See what happens when the day job takes over. Who said that 3pm on a Wednesday was the best time for social media engagement???
So Gin numero quarto, Eden Mill Hopped Gin.
It’s safe to say we have been trying to get the folks at Eden Mill along to Gin Club for a long time. They have a huge product range and the Gin is very different to the other London Drys out there, so we have to have them feature at least once.
The Eden Mill story is quite a different one, historically there hasn’t been any spirit production on the site in over 150 years, between 1810 and 1860 where the Haig family produced Whiskey. The brewing element has been long established, then in 2014 they decided to start producing Whiskey and Gin again.
There are no other distillers / brewers in Scotland like this. It is a unique combination which only serves to produce unique, highly crafted spirits. Bringing their own brand of distilling, which definitely comes from the craft beer world, gave birth to the Hop Gin. The first of its kind in the UK! This is a fairly decent achievement to be honest, I haven’t ever done anything (nothing savoury at least) which was the first in the country.
The Gin contains botanicals: Juniper (it is a Gin), Australian Galaxy Hops, Sea Buckthorn, Oak, Hibiscus, Hickory and I think others are in there Citrus peel, Coriander and Liquorice (Sorry Eden Mill I couldn’t find a full botanical list, but I was sure I could taste coriander and maybe the Hops were giving me the citrus flavour).
To taste this, it really does confuse you, again in a good way. It already has that beer-esq hue about it when you pour it, you half expect when you smell it that it might froth on the top (thankfully it doesn’t, I don’t know if frothy Gin would sell). Yeah so the taste confuses you (in a good way) as the Juniper slides away to this hop like citrus taste, which lines the mouth (I believe that’s called oily but I’ve never liked that expression).
It’s a lovely drink, Gin lovers you will love the difference this drink does to your impression of what a Gin should be. Make sure you try their other range. Not a clue how we are serving this yet.