GIN EXPLORER | AUGUST *

Move over beauty boxes because there’s a new subscription in town!

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Norwich has hosted several Gin Festivals in the past, if you’ve not heard of these, they are a great place to discover and appreciate gin on every level – Find out when their festival is heading near you here

Gin Festival has a great following and the success has lead the team to launch their new monthly subscription box – THE GIN EXPLORER

I became a lover of the juniper liquid several years ago so was very excited when Gin Explorer asked if I would like to review their August box

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The best accompaniment to gin is the sunshine so what better way to explore August than outside in the garden.

Lets just start with the box itself – Designed as if it’s a suitcase ready to take you around the world in search of gin. Once inside, the blue paper is peeled back to reveal straw effect bedding holding all of your gin goodies for the month.

August has brought me 4 double gins | 2 Fever Tree tonics | Some Coco Nibs to recipe with | My Gin Explorer pin | A pack of Bilton Company beef | My Travel Information and details of the contents of my case.

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The Gins

My August gin journey will take me 399 miles travelling through

Telford | London | Ryde | Roeslare

Each gin is a double measure and comes with plenty of information, suggested pours, list of botanicals and tasting notes. So lets get started…

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Gin | One

My journey starts in Telford, Shropshire in the form of Tiger Gin.

Botanicals

Juniper | Angelica | Coriander Seeds | Orris Root | Liquorice | Orange & Lemon Peel | + Plenty more

You can expect from that list plenty of floral, fruity and spicy notes. It is smooth enough to be enjoyed neat over ice however, given I have 4 to try… lets go with a slightly longer drink.

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This is quite a complex gin so I kept it simple by adding blueberries and some pepper corns. I also enjoyed this gin with my Bilton Company Beef which worked really well together.

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Gin | Two

Stop number two and it’s down to London and Park Royal to find Bimber London Dry Gin. This london dry gin originates from the distilleries own wheat vodka which is distilled four times over. Add a list of 10 botanicals and you have a subtle yet heady flavour with all of the juniper notes.

I brought this gin to life with some fresh raspberries and a little chopped mint.

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Gin | Three

Heading over the English Channel now it’s on to the Isle of White and some HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin

Botanicals

Juniper | Angelica Root | English Coriander Seeds | Fresh Lemon Zest| Liquorice  Root | Oris Root | Elderflower | Grains of Paradise

There is an intensity with this gin in both flavour and on the nose. The grains of paradise hit you first then a little citrus. For me I needed to accompany with more so it was in with the Aromatic Fevertree a little shaving of cucumber and some peppercorns.

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Gin | Four

I have to admit, conveniently my favourite ended up being the final stop in Roeselare, Belgium. This is the home of X-Gin – Labelled as the ‘pure aphrodisiac’

Botanicals – There are 45 of them! Resulting in a distinct flavour of dessert with this gin. Full to the brim with cocoa, vanilla and nuts. It’s best to keep the serve simple with this one in terms of tonic.

Serve | One

Fresh raspberries | Pinch of cocoa nibs

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Serve | Two

To be enjoyed as an after dinner digestif

3 Small ice cubes | 5ml of X-Gin | Fresh raspberries

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I really enjoyed August with Gin Explorer I honestly felt like I was on a journey. Travelling around, learning about each area and gin. The way everything is put together is almost ‘storylike’ from the old fashioned case your kit arrives in to the bundle of travel documents providing details and offers on everything inside.

You can find all the information and details on how to subscribe here. You can buy monthly open tickets, 3 month or 12 month passes. In fact thinking about it, the 3 month pass would make a great gift for somebody!

If you are a gin lover you would enjoy discovering all of the different gins and garnishes. If you’re not a gin lover, I challenge you to try a box and see how you feel about gin afterwards.

Let me know if you try any of these gins or Gin Explorer, I’d love to know your favourites

Laura x

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3 Comments

    • laura
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      September 26, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks Christie 🙂 I’m glad I reviewed it too, I now know what to get a few people for Christmas haha! x

  1. March 7, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I prefer the gin Explorer as it suits my tastes better. Thank you for taking the time to review it.

    Regards
    Gareth

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