Following other key parts of the country, Wales has experienced an increase in interest and demand for home-crafted gin from around the Land of Castles. The country’s gin makers have really made a niche for themselves showcasing local botanicals and special coastal creations. If you are just taking your first taster of Welsh gin, where should you start? We hope this post will be a great introduction for you as we pick out some of the best Welsh gins and Welsh gin gifts available at the moment.
White Hare Distillery Gin – Pink!
To kick off our list, how about this small-batch gin made by White Hare Distillery deep in Usk? This dazzling sweet and sour with a summery vibe gin is made from a closely-guarded recipe that features seven different botanicals, including, unsurprisingly due to its colour, raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate.
Jin Ceiriog Distillery Co. Welsh Spring Honey Gin
Given the outstanding beauty of the Welsh countryside, it’s no surprise that much of the gin produced here shows its respect and pays homage to that countryside. Take this Welsh Spring Honey Gin from the Jin Ceiriog Distillery Gin is a heady celebration of the journey bees make flying across Ceiriog Valley, vising the various flora in the local area including Gorse, Bellheather, Rosebay Willowherb, and Dandelion. It has tasty hits of Welsh Juniper and Honey and is typical of the distillery’s approach to combining their love of the great outdoors with small-batch gins.
Mallows Beverages Mallows, Mangos, Passion Fruit and Lime Gin
For a fruit-forward gin, why not give this stunning small-batch gin a go. Made by Mallows Beverages, a father and son team based in a former coalmine in Coed Ely in Tonyrefail. It is a mesmerising mixture of lime, passion fruit and mango that will be the perfect addition to any gin-based summer cocktail or served on its own.
Spirit of Wales Distillery Release Forged Wild Blueberry Gin
The visually-appetising colour of this splendid Spirit of Wales Distillery foraged wild blueberry gin is matched by the honey-sweet heather tips and big floral blueberry tones. This follows through into a lemony juniper and bittersweet grapefruit flavour that is finished with citrus pithiness and an almost oily feel.
Gin Making Gift Voucher
If you really love gin and want to learn more about the process, or even participate in concocting your own creation, this gift voucher for 2 to experience gin making is perfect. As part of the experience, you will learn how to operate a still, discover how to identify botanicals by their flavour, create a recipe and craft your own 70 gin bottle that you can take home with you.
In the Welsh Win Distillery Palo Cortado Cash-Aged Gin
To complete our list, we want to highlight this gin from the Welsh west coast In the Welsh Wind Distillery. It is an award-winning recipe that is settled in special Palo Cortado sherry casks to give it deep colour and rich flavour to smooth and oily gin.