Hubby and I were lucky enough to attend the recent Gin Festival in Newcastle and it reminded me how much I like gin so when I was asked if I’d like to try out the Gin Explorer monthly subscription box, I jumped at the chance.
The Gin Explorer box is delivered directly to your door and looks like a little suitcase which reminds me of Paddington bear. Inside you’ll find 4 glass bottles containing a double measure of gin (50ml), two bottles of tonic, a booklet about the gins, a small pin badge, a pot of cocoa nibs, a bag of Biltong and various leaflets about the gins inside the box.
Tiger Gin was created by Jeff Lawrence and was only released this year. It’s already won a Silver Award at the International Spirits Challenge and I can see why! It contains botanicals like juniper, angelica, coriander seeds, orris root, liquorice, orange and lemon peel and is delicious, particularly with the Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water. It has a slight floral scent and is extremely light and fruity so just as nice to drink on it’s own.
Wight HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin is a whopping 57% ABV. For those of you that don’t know. Navy Strength Gin is always at least 57% ABV because it it was any less and was spilled on gunfire it would make it too damp to burn, whereas 57% ABV or above will still burn (every day is a school day!).
The HMS Victory Gin is a strong one. It gives you and instant warming sensation. It’s not something I could drink neat but it’s nice with standard tonic water and a slice of lemon.
A portion of profits from the gin goes to help pay for restoration work on HMS Victory so buying a bottle is win win for everyone.
The Cocoa nibs in the box are to garnish the X Gin which contains 45 botanicals. It’s a very smooth gin and smells almost sweet. It’s a very clean and smooth gin with juniper and citrus elements.
My favourite gin from the box was the Bimber London Dry Gin. The gin is distilled four times and contains 10 botanicals. It’s a light and fresh taste with fresh citrus notes from orange and lemon, nutty coriander seeds, fragrant angelica and warm cinnamon. I enjoyed this on it’s own and with the Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic.
Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water is infused with Angostura Bitters and is really refreshing. It’s faint pink shade makes in perfect for creating a girly drink for the Summer.
Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic is made by blending Fever-Tree tonic water with the essentials oils from Mediterranean flowers, fruits and herbs. This is my new favourite tonic water and I hope I can find it locally. I love it – both with and without gin.
Gin Explorer pin badge
Cocoa Nibs to use as garnish.
I absolutely loved the Gin Explorer subscription box. It’s such a pleasure to receive and fantastic gift idea. You’ll learn something new each month, and get to sample gins from around the world before splurging on a large bottle. Perfect!
There’s the option to subscribe with a rolling monthly box (£24.99) or pre-pay for 3 (£69.99) or 12 months (£279.99)
*I was sent the box in return for an honest review.