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That Boutique-y Gin Company, Rhubarb Triangle Gin – 40% ABV
Overall rating: 4.5/5
In a nutshell: A tart flavoured gin from experimental distillery That Boutique-y Gin Company. It’s one of their more straightforward offerings, but the drink is still complex. It reminded us of lemon shortbread as well as rhubarb & custard sweets.
Full review of That Boutique-y Gin Company, Rhubarb Triangle Gin
Despite only launching in 2017, ‘That Boutique-y Gin Company’ has an impressive range of over 50 gins. They all feature off-the-wall infusions, including one made with moon rock from a lunar meteorite and an olfactory range with a gin that smells of fresh rain.
With this in mind, we were expecting something impactful in the glass. However, in reality, this rhubarb variation is slightly more muted than its predecessors.
Fruit is sourced from the Rhubarb Triangle – its three corners in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield – with a nod to each city depicted on the hand-illustrated label.
Unlike winter rhubarb, which grows in complete darkness, That Boutique-y Gin Company only use rhubarb grown in sunlight with the aim of ensuring a vibrant, bolder flavour profile. That depth of flavour is important, because this gin is definitely on the sweet side, and that was apparent on the nose, even before we tried it neat.
Creamy with good mouthfeel, from the first sip it evoked flavours of lemon shortbread, lemon tart and old-school rhubarb & custard pick-and-mix sweets. We wouldn’t describe this as particularly confected though; there’s an aromatic freshness from the earthy rhubarb with just a touch of spice and citrus-spiked juniper notes.
A long, juicy finish would make this excellent poured over cream-based desserts, or just as a nightcap. Unlike some of the more subtle gins we tried, this was upfront about its delicious flavours.
The perfect pour
A smooth spirit with strong flavours, this is a good gin to drink neat. Otherwise, a very simple tonic water is all that’s needed for the botanicals to shine through. A squeeze of fresh lime would lift this further and cut through some of the sweetness.
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