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Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin – 40% ABV
Overall rating: 4/5
In a nutshell: A bright and fresh gin that started life as a sweeter liqueur but is now produced as a full strength gin. It’s both sweet and tangy, but pleasingly smooth with spicy notes.
Originally only available as a lower ABV liqueur, this punchy flavour from Edinburgh Gin proved so popular, a full strength version quickly followed suit. Despite their growth, the brand still distill their range in small batches in Scotland, in a copper pot they have affectionately named Jenny.
Their classic Edinburgh Gin provides the smooth base for this fruity offering, which features fragrant lavender, pine buds, mulberries and cobnuts among other local botanicals. The spirit is then infused with aromatic rhubarb and warm, spicy ginger to create this full-strength version.
The result is a pale-rose coloured spirit that retains some of the classic forest-scents found in the original. Lightly fruity with well-balanced juniper notes, the rhubarb juice isn’t quite as forthcoming on the nose as with some other brands we tried.
A smooth, spiced spirit with a medium-finish is present when we tried this neat. Bright and fresh, Edinburgh Gin’s rhubarb flavour is both sweet and tangy and just tickles the tastebuds with notes of ginger, without overpowering. We detected a little liquorice on the finish.
If you’ve previously tried the liqueur, don’t expect anything quite as sweet. Edinburgh Gin have taken the key elements of the liqueur but made something altogether different.
The perfect pour
A swirl of lemon peel, plenty of ice and Mediterranean tonic or ginger ale are the perfect accompaniments to this spicy spirit. As the mouthfeel isn’t so creamy, this is also going to make a crisp, refreshing spritz.
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