On my latest visit to the beautiful Cotswolds and unmissable trip to The Cotswold Cheese Co. in Moreton-in-Marsh I came back to London with a cute little bottle of locally made gin. It’s been a great addition to my drinks cabinet until now, which is when I decided to open it and let you know something about it.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Shakespeare Distillery are an independent artisan spirits producer in Stratford Upon Avon. Their title already ticks all the boxes for me: independent, artisan and of course, craft drinks! They are passionate about what they do and as far as I know they do it beautifully. They also organise distillery tours which have just joined my immense bucket list.
Stratford Gin is exactly this: a gin made in Stratford using locally grown botanicals in a Tudor-style garden. Interesting botanicals such as rose, lemon balm and rosemary are used alongside juniper, lemon peel and coriander. Distillation takes place using the single-shot method, which means that no flavours can be added to the gin after distillation. As a result, Stratford Gin shows a balanced but intense combination of flowers, herbs and sweet Mediterranean citrus flavours. Love for tradition and passion for innovation.
And here is what I did.
I only had the 5cl bottle so didn’t have much choice other than get it right the first time - I followed the serving suggestion that comes with this particular gin to fully enjoy it. I first tasted some of it in a tasting glass in order to experience those botanicals - so intense! A lot of rosemary and lemon balm, unmistakable juniper and citrus, plus delicate floral aromas. Beautiful. On the palate still very evident botanical flavours. I then served it with Fever Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water, a slice of lemon, rosemary and three ice cubes (stars, actually).
On this gloomy Sunday in London, stay cool!