Life

World Gin Day 2019: weird and wonderful flavoured gins to try this weekend

Posted by
Chloe Gray
Published

Believe it or not, the spirit industry is still finding new ways to jazz up gin. And for World Gin Day they’ve pulled out all the stops: from blackberry to chocolate and CO2 clouds to tasting tours, there’s some weird and wonderful ways to drink a G&T this weekend.

Gin is having having a ‘moment’, if that’s what you can call three years as the country’s obsession. Sales of the spirit have almost doubled in two years, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, and the concoctions never end. All this demand means supply, so supermarket shelves and bar menus are rammed with more gins options than you could dream of.

So if you thought that you could no longer be wowed by the industry’s offerings, prepare to be proved wrong. As company’s feel the need to stand out from the very large crowd, we’re seeing more and more weird and wonderful infusions appear, from fruity flavours to dessert style combinations. 

And with World Gin Day on 8 June, how else would you celebrate than with the spirit itself? Some brands are jumping on the hype and offering one-off experiences at festivals or pubs, and others are simply on the shelf ready for your Saturday night G&T at home. If you need some inspiration, here are some we’ll be grabbing…

You may also like

14 signs that gin is actually your one true love

Kopparberg Premium Gin with Strawberry & Lime

Yes. Kopparberg, everyone’s favourite summer cider, has branched out into the world of gin. Remaining on-brand with its classic strawberry and lime flavour, the drink pairs best with lemonade and a fresh strawberry or tonic and a slice of cucumber. 

Where to try:

Morrisons, £20

Strawberries & Creem Festival, 15 June

Greene King pubs across the country

Bulldog Flavour Accelerator

Bulldog has been a on our favourites list for a while because of it’s unique flavour. Some of this gin’s 12 botanicals are dragon eye, lotus leaves and white poppy. For National Gin Day, they’re going one step further on the quirky scale, supercharging their gin with an immersive experience. They’re setting up a flavour enhancer at the Bulldog Gin Yard, in which you walk into a cloud of cold CO2 “effectively spatializing the serve in the most dramatic way possible”. Quirkiness overload.

Where to try: 

Tesco, £16

Field Day Festival, 8 June

Blackberry Gin by Whitley Neill

If you’re a true weird gin fan then you’ll have tried Whitley Neill’s Parma Violet or Rhubarb and Ginger flavours by now. And you’ll know that somehow it manages to pull it all off. So we can’t wait for this offering from the company which, despite not being the wackiest, is definitely a great seasonal offering for the summer months. 

Where to try: 

Tesco, £26

Harvey Nichols Whitley Neill tasting, free, 9 June

Whitley Neill Flavour Orb Tour, free, 9 June

Orange and Cocoa Gin by Sipsmith 

You’ve had orange gin. You may have even tried cocoa gin. But Sipsmith have gone one step further with this Jaffa Cake-esque spirit… shouldn’t work, but the combo of juniper, citrus and bitter chocolate kind of does. 

Where to try: 

Sainsbury’s, £23

Sipsmith Tasting Class, £25, 8 June

Fisher’s Gin

Fisher’s Gin uses botanicals found foraging the Suffolk coast line, like rock samphire and bog myrtle, to create a ‘natural expression of the English coast’. From distilling to bottling, it’s all done in the same town for an authentic taste.

Where to try: 

31Dover, £39.90

Ginking Rosé

What to do when you can’t decide between a G&T or a glass of rosé? Ginking’s wants to end that question forever, with the making of a gin/sparkling Rosé mix. It’s every indecisive person’s dream. 

Where to try: 

Master Of Malt, £13.95

Brookie’s Gin

New to the UK, this Aussie gin uses the flavours of the rainforest for a unique drink, turning the British ‘sloe’ gin on it’s head by substititing sloe berries for local fruit, the Davidson Plum. As well as great flavours, they also do great things, with sustainability at the forefront: since owners Pam & Martin Brook turned an old dairy farm into a distillery 30 years ago, they’ve replanted over 35,000 subtropical rainforest trees. 

Where to try: 

Harrods, £48

JUNIPALOOZA festival, £35, 8 June