We are long overdue for a new product round-up. So, since it is my first love, at least when it comes to drinks, I thought we’d have a look at some of the fantastic new Gins that have been added to our product listing in recent weeks.

Cygnet Gin 70cl (ABV 40%)

Cygnet Gin hails from Wales, which is a nice point of difference in amongst all the Scottish and English gin products flooding the market at the moment. It is distilled in Swansea to be exact, which explains the name and use of adorable baby swan branding on the bottle. The gin uses botanicals from all over the world, very appropriate given Swansea’s history as a trading port. The botanicals used include juniper, lemon peel, lime peel, pink grapefruit peel, orange peel, liquorice root, orris root, coriander seeds, angelica root, cardamom seeds, almond and chamomile. The gin is infused in a handmade copper still using traditional methods and the freshest Welsh water. Cygnet’s recipe is inspired by an attempt by two local men to use an infusion of herbs and spirit to cure cholera. Sadly their tincture did not work, (I bet it took the edge off though!) and both men actually died of the disease. What they did succeed in, was leaving behind a recipe to inspire the blend of herbs, spices, berries, seeds and roots that make up Cygnet Gin.

On the nose: Clean and fresh with plenty of chamomile and fresh lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit citrus on the nose.

On the palate: Quite mellow, subtly herbaceous, but with a good amount of zesty citrus flavour coming through. Dry, refreshing, and clean.

On the finish: Long, dry and refreshing with a lingering herbaceous finish.

Perfect Serve: As the perfect way to showcase the citrus flavours of Cygnet, the distillers recommend a “pinky” which comprises of 50ml of Cygnet Gin over ice, topped up with Fentimans Pink Grapefruit and garnished with a twist of grapefruit peel.

Four Marys Zesty Sherbet Gin 50cl (ABV 40%)

I will watch anything based on the Tudors and Stuarts and love anything to do with the history of Mary Queen of Scots, so I’m pretty excited about this one. The Four Marys series is a line of gins from Linlithgow distillery, inspired by Mary Queen of Scots’ four ladies in waiting. The four girls were all also named Mary, which must have gotten confusing… The bottle features a picture of Mary Fleming who was said to be the liveliest of the four, renowned for her bubbly personality and ability to entertain the court through music and dance. The ideal figurehead for this bright and citrusy gin. The gin uses botanicals of juniper, coriander, angelica, kaffir lime, yuzu, star anise and galangal. The flavour of the gin comes directly from these distilled botanicals. Nothing has been added for extra zest.

On the nose: Bright, fresh and acidic with heaps of lemony citrus on the nose.

On the palate: Use of the lime, yuzu, star anise and galangal create a unique flavour that will remind you of sherbet dib dabs or flying saucers (showing my age). Sharp, citrus, with an underlying sweetness and notes of juniper.

On the finish: Surprisingly refreshing and moreish.

Perfect Serve: The distiller recommend a simple approach to let the natural flavour of the gin shine through. Pour 50mls of gin over ice, top up with a good quality lemon tonic water and garnish with a juicy slice of lemon.

Boatyard Double Gin 70cl (ABV 46%)

Another welcome break from the usual Scottish and English offerings, The Boatyard is one of only five distilleries in the North of Ireland and is the first functional distillery in the area in over 130 years. The distillery use Sweet Gale (bog myrtle) as one of their gin botanicals, which is foraged from the family bog. Wait! that’s honestly not as bad as it sounds, it’s just the wetland on the family farm. They also add, lemon zest, coriander, liquorice, angelica, orris root, and grains of paradise. The gin goes through a juniper filtration process as it runs off the still. Dutch distillers call this process “dubbel gebeide genever”, which results in a pronounced juniper flavour in the finished gin and is the double contact method from which the gin derives it’s name.

On the nose: Fresh and clean with plenty of citrus zest and sweet floral notes.

On the palate: Dry, bold and, as you would expect from the juniper filtration, juniper heavy. Citrus, juniper, sweetly floral and earthy.

On the finish: A warming finish with earthy notes of juniper and spice.

Perfect Serve: The suggested serve on this gin is 50mls over ice with a low sugar, but not sugar free, good quality tonic and a slice of grapefruit to bring out the citrus notes. However, it’s worth noting that this gin is interesting enough to be served without a garnish or even alone on the rocks.

Hmm… I’ve suddenly come down with a terrible thirst…

‘Til next time, Cheers!