Gin may be falling down in the pecking order of trendy drinks since it’s huge renaissance a couple of years ago, but it’s still pretty damn popular.
God knows what it’s going to be replaced with – probably rum or something – but until then, we can still lap up the wondrous creations that the alcohol boffins throw at us when it comes to lovely London dry.
But it’s not all London dry, is it? Gin can come from anywhere, and whilst it largely doesn’t, there are a few brands to not hail from London.
Ryan Reynolds has an American gin company, for example, and the good people of The Twin River Distillery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, have chimed into the gin market like no other.
Now, being that it’s Scottish gin we’re talking about, what do you think makes their brand different to others? That’s right it’s just like twice as strong as usual.
The Twin River Distillery has made the world’s strongest gin, clocking in at 77% ABV, and it goes by the name of Uncut Gin. They have my attention.
Uncut Gin debuted at the Gin Festival: North East, which took place at Thainstone House, Inverurie and as many have it, the draw isn’t just the strength, but the taste too.
Brand ambassador, Ryan Rhodes, said:
“When our Head Distiller, Liam Pennycook tasted the uncut spirit straight from the still, he decided it was too good not to share.
By developing Uncut, we really wanted to push the boundaries – but obviously ask people to enjoy it sensibly. You have to appreciate that most gins are 40-50% ABV so care must be taken when drinking this spirit and a small amount definitely goes a long way. To enjoy the punchy flavour profile, it’s best to sip it over ice with a twist of lemon.
Our first edition Naked Gin has a strong undertone of juniper which many of our customers love; the fact we make it from scratch in our distillery gives it that extra feeling of provenance that a craft gin should have. The tasters have already been in to give it a verdict. Peter Sim, founder of Aberdeen and Inverurie Gin Club and a man possessing a knowledge of the inside of gin bottles that would put your gran to shame, said: ‘On the nose there is a creamy nutty scent, almost buttery from their in-house neutral spirit made from barley. The alcohol has power, but I still get heavy juniper and a sweet spiciness.’“
A 50cl bottle of the good stuff will set you back £65 but at the moment, all I can find is out of stock websites. Hopefully that won’t last.
Images via Twin River Distillery, Getty