With only a couple of weeks left to go until Christmas Day, the festive season is in full swing but there’s always that mad dash for last minute Christmas pressies that seems to loom down on us all too frequently. So, what do you get that person who is always that difficult to buy for? The answer is gin. Not just any gin though, but Poetic Licence Distillery’s very own Christmas gin!
Poetic Licence Distillery make their gin the traditional way by pot distilling which macerating all the botanical’s and juniper berries and then boiling them, allowing each of these beautiful botanical flavours to come through in stages. These can be steeped for as long as 48 hours, although some producers will distil the liquid immediately. Once all of this has finished, water is then added to reduce the distilled gin to bottling strength. Ready to be sent to the shops!
Old Tom Gin
So the first gin I got to try was beautiful Old Tom Gin. This classic originates from the mid-1800s and aims to deliver a sweeter and slightly more peppery taste. From the botanicals alone the Poetic Licence nurture its sweet taste, while our oak casks continue to add flavour and colour. The inclusion of rose petals infuses a distinct character to the sweetness as well as a slight rose gold tinge.
Now there are many ways to drink Old Tom Gin and the classic is serving it simply.
The Perfect G&T Recipe:
Tom Collins Recipe:
- 50ml Poetic Licence Old Tom Gin
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml sugar cane syrup
- 1 dash of Angostura bitters
- 125ml Fever Tree Slim Line Tonic
- A handful of mixed botanical’s including dried hibiscus for an aromatic, intense and complex flavour.
Old Tom Gin – Verdict
This delicious Old Tom delivers an instantly sweet and yet slightly lasting peppery taste with a refreshing citrus aftertaste. Retails in at a very reasonable £34.95 for a 70cl bottle. To get your perfect Christmas tipple, you can purchase here.
Fireside Spiced Gin
The second gin that I got to sample was the truly beautiful and possibly my favourite of the two the wonderful Fireside Spiced Gin. Since the festive season has well and truly begun, there isn’t anything better than pouring yourself a delightful glass whilst watching Christmas movies on Netflix (I recommend Christmas Chronicles). Think of this gin as a cosy heated blanket with its warming, Christmas spicy toasty flavours. This gin has its usual gin notes coming from juniper, coriander and orris root but there is a real noticeable sweetness that from dried winter fruits but also a zingy freshness from clementine. The always lovely mulling spice blend of cinnamon, clove and star anise gives a warming flavour that screams one thing only – Christmas.
There is a subtle hint of lasing clementine which, if paired with a few added botanical’s seems to bring out the zesty flavours a little more. I served this a few different ways to test the flavour but my favourite was my take on the classic Southside:
Southside Christmas Take:
- 50ml Poetic Licence Fireside Spiced Gin
20ml lime juice
- 15ml sugar cane syrup
- 1 tbsp of ginger syrup (from a stem ginger jar)
- Handful of mixed botanicals
- 125ml Fever Tree Slim Line Tonic
Fireside Spiced Gin – Verdict
The Fireside Gin has gorgeous new packaging too and is available in 70 cl, 20 cl and 5 cl and the price is £34.95 (70 cl). Want the perfect lasting Christmas pressie all throughout the festive season? Then this is the one for you. You can get yours here.