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The Bath Gin Company hopped rhubarb gin – 40% ABV
Overall rating: 4/5
In a nutshell: An earthy, grown-up spirit that blows any preconceived notions about pink gin out of the water. Flavoured with rhubarb and hop flowers, it’s crisp and tangy.
The minds behind The Bath Gin Company decided to distill their own spirit after tasting hundreds of gins at their speciality bar, The Canary Gin Bar. Working closely with master distiller Charles Maxwell, they’ve created a range that includes this unique hopped rhubarb variety.
This uses The Bath Gin Company’s classic gin as the base, which is distilled with purified water, bitter orange, kaffir lime leaves and English coriander. Mildly sweet to start, the gin’s aromatic floral and spicy notes are given an extra dimension and depth of flavour with the addition of tangy rhubarb and syrup made from whole hop flowers.
It was certainly one of the most distinctive rhubarb gins we tested – the hops give the sweet and easy drinking spirit an earthy, bitter twist, much like you’d find in your favourite pint of IPA.
If that sounds too astringent, fear not – the gin’s oily mouthfeel softens the overall impact. It’s a spirit to make you think twice, with a few sips needed until you acclimatise to this unique variation.
Crisp and tangy, the pale pink hue is all natural thanks to the added infusion of locally sourced blackberries alongside the rhubarb.
The perfect pour
This bittersweet spirit pairs well with sugary tonic – we found Mediterranean worked best – and a slice of green apple. Alternatively, try serving with lemonade for a shandy effect.
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