I will be honest. I joined the gin bandwagon the same time as the majority of the UK. Throughout my early 20s, my idea of a drink on any night out was probably a flat pint, a harsh cider that would ruin your gut on the way down or something blue and in a glass bottle.
But then I grew up (thankfully), and so did my love of gin. And now the world is your gin-oyster with hundreds of distilleries of all sizes open across the UK. It would take a lifetime to try them all (a challenge I would happily take up, wouldn't you?).
So whether you like a gin cocktail, a gin and tonic or prefer it neat, below are just 5 of my top gins to try for World Gin Day on 13th June - we all know there are so many more.
Last month I put a call out on my twitter feed to discuss favourite gins. I have put a link at the bottom of this article, have a read through, find some new brands and join the discussion.
My Top 5 Gins To Try For World Gin Day 2020
Isle of Raasy Gin
Isle of Raasay Scottish Gin is the first legal spirit from Raasay, an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling. If you are unsure where Raasay is, it lies to the east of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides which is well known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rugged and exaggerated landscape. Alongside being just a beautiful part of the world, the island (home to just 161 residents) has a diverse ecosystem and a wonderful back garden of pure water and botanicals to choose from.
The handcrafted Scottish island gin combines ten carefully chosen botanicals, including Raasay juniper, and is then distilled and infused with traditional botanicals in a copper malt spirit still, along with water from our their own well.
The result: a refreshing, zesty dry gin with a lasting aftertaste, best served with orange zest strips and a premium mixer.
Visit: Raasay Distillery
Purchase: £34.95 for 70cl from Masters of Malt
I believe the best ideas are created over a few drinks at a pub quiz, and this is how three friends living in the same Cornish village came up with the idea for creating Penzance Gin. Made in the heart of the town the inspiration for this bathtub gin is taken from the Art Deco period. This is when both this style of gin and indeed the label's illustration 'The Jubilee Pool' were both created.
Penzance Gin has a smooth, earthy flavour with an exquisite aftertaste. There is a hint of citrus that runs alongside this amber nectar. It has just the right amount of botanicals to give it a unique flavour and depth all of its own. The gin, when poured is also amber in colour, created due to the amount of time the botanicals are steeped.
Penzance Gin also featured in our Top New Drinks To Try 2020
Visit: Penzance Gin
Purchase: £38 for 70cl
My love of Fidra Gin came from a memorable night talking into the early hours of the morning sharing a bottle of this gin, neat. My first time drinking spirits