Day 73 – A Most Unusual Gin

Most of my friends and family know of my love of Gin and Tonic, which is only equaled by a more expensive but equally passionate love of Champagne (hence the photo at the top of our blog after a certain very special party!).  So when I entered into a chat on Facebook a few weeks ago, I was surprised to learn that there was a Scottish G&T which I had never tried/come across, or even been introduced to during my year long stay in Edinburgh many moons ago (obviously I wasn’t as cultured in my drinking habits at that point, which in fact is scarily over 20 years ago).

Imagine my surprise early last week, when visiting stores in Mechelen (a small city in Belgium), I walked past a wine shop that had Hendricks in the window.  This was fate, I just had to give it a go (rather than wait for a Scottish trip to visit my old friends Andrea and Catriona).  Catriona had rated it above Bombay Sapphire, my most beloved of tipples.  So after parting with 32 euros (probably way over the odds), I have finally bought my Schweppes tonic and lime, and am taking the plunge tonight.

I have to say, it’s a fab bottle, chunky, dark and fitted with an old fashioned cork top, and the label attached to it, proudly proclaims that it is ‘loved by a tiny handful of people all over the world’.  It markets itself as ‘not for everybody’, and as ‘a gin made oddly’.  It even states that the gin is best with cucumber and not lime.  Well in order for me to assess, I have to say I’m trying it with lime, and boy, I am obviously one of the odd lot.  It is unusual but delicious, and tastes and faintly smells of soft rose petals and sliced cucumber, just like summer really.  And I have to say, this is one I fancy trying with a Pimms, and as a Martini, as suggested.

So if you’re a real G&T fan that favours Bombay to the heavier stuff, then seek it out and give it a go.  You never know, like me and my odd friends, you could be well impressed!


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