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Malfy Rosa Pink Grapefruit Gin – 41% ABV
In a nutshell: Pink grapefruit might be the focus in Malfy Gin Rosa, but there’s a lot more going on in their pink gin. It treads a fine line between sharpness and lightness, and the result is a drinkable gin that you’ll be reaching for throughout summer.
Full Malfy Gin Rosa pink grapefruit gin review
Malfy hails from northern Italy, where its distillery dates back to the early 1900s. But the brand itself is fairly young, and only launched in the UK in 2017.
And that Italian influence is clear in the chic, fun packaging – Rosa is Malfy’s fourth gin variation, and their logo has been given a soft pink makeover to match the spirit.
As you’d expect, the ingredients are sourced from the Mediterranean, with Sicilian pink grapefruit and Italian rhubarb infusing the gin for a full 36 hours, giving it its beautiful pink colour. The choice of grapefruit is key – the Sicilian variety is prized for its deep pink flesh, which is ripened at low temperatures during colder weather.
The hue and flavour of the pink grapefruit may well be front and centre, but it’s not an overpowering taste. Thanks to the rhubarb, the gin is delicate enough to drink neat – the sour pink grapefruit is balanced by the sweetness of the rhubarb, and there’s even a hint of rose, though this isn’t included in the list of botanicals.
We worried the aromatics would get lost, but notes of juniper, coriander and angelica are enhanced when the gin is stirred with tonic.
Malfy’s depth of flavour, bold design, and quality ingredients add up to a premium gin, but this is just £25 a bottle – one of the most reasonably priced on the market. If you’re keen to try a citrus gin but not after anything super sharp or expensive, this is the one for you.
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The perfect pour
Drink with a strong tonic to let the aromatics shine.
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