Five Unique Gins You Won’t Have Heard Of BeforeEdit Post
Contributed by on Jul 24, 2019
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If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you like gin. And quite frankly – who doesn’t? Nothing beats a refreshing G&T after a long, hard day at work. It’s pure bliss.
Gin’s popularity is something that has consistently grown and grown over the years. It doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon either, as gin bars are currently popping up throughout the UK at an unprecedented rate.
Coupled with that movement, we’ve seen more and more gin manufacturers surfacing, offering their weird and wonderful gin creations to the world. Whether designed using a unique production process, an unusual flavour or something else entirely, when it comes to variety, the gin industry is one of the most diverse there is.
Listed below are five of the most unique gins we’ve come across that we don’t think you’ll have heard of before. They’re definitely all worthy additions to your alcohol bucket list and are much more individual than the Gordons and Bombay Sapphires of this world.
1. Tinkture Rose Gin.
Everyone knows that the biggest downside of drinking is the hangover that hits you the next day. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a drink out there you could have without needing to worry, able to counter the effects of a hangover at least a little bit?
Thanks to Tinkture – the clean alcohol company – now there is. While it won’t stop your hangover completely, their rose gin is as clean as they come, incorporating only the most fresh, green and natural ingredients. Because of this, their gins are one of the eco-friendliest offerings out there, using handpicked English roses from a Certified Organic Farm in the South West of England.
What’s more, the unique gin changes colour as its poured and has the tonic added – transforming from a light brown colour into a majestic pink. It also tastes pretty incredible, having been described as a ‘sensuous walk through a garden in bloom’, rather than a ‘brutal, floral punch to the senses’.
Source: Elephant Gin
2. Elephant Gin.
If you like your gin with an African look, feel and taste to it, then look no further than the German-distilled Elephant Dry Gin. Featuring 14 botanicals – including some fairly unusual African ingredients – the gin comes in a hand-crafted bottle, with a cork stopper and old-fashioned map label to complete the look.
While it doesn’t contain actual elephants in it, the drink does help keep them alive, by donating 15% of its profits towards three African elephant foundations. In other words, not only do you get a fantastic, unique tasting gin, but you also do some good at the same time. What’s not to like?
Source: Dà Mhìle
3. Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin.
Pronounced da-vee-lay, this pale green gin gets its appearance from the Celtic seaweed it is infused with for three weeks. Produced in Wales, the gin is the perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood and can even be used in seafood recipes themselves.
It may not be to everyone’s taste, with a slightly salty profile, but Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin is certainly characterful and one of the more unique options on the market. It’s also triple-filtered prior to bottling, so you can rest assured that you won’t have to chew on any gin-infused seaweed while you’re drinking it.
Looking for a gin with anti-ageing properties? Me neither, but here’s one for you anyway.
Distilled in Birmingham and bottled in Lancashire, the rather aptly named Collagin contains ingredients like star anise, pink grapefruit and orris – all of which are believed to offer anti-ageing benefits. Oh, it also contains pure, powered collagen itself as well, in case you were interested.
The result? A velvety smooth liquid with a hint of vanilla and a tang of fresh oranges. It also comes packaged in a bottle that actually looks more like a perfume than a gin, definitely making it one of the most unique gins on the market at the moment.
5. Anty Gin.
From a gin with anti-ageing properties to another with just ant properties, if you’re a vegan, look away now. By far the weirdest gin on our list, Anty Gin certainly lives up to its name, containing precisely 62 ants in each bottle.
Originally started as an idea by the Nordic Food Lab, the Anglo-Danish gin was brought to life by the Cambridge Distillery. While it may seem a little random and outlandish to use ants as an ingredient, there is actually a method to the distillery’s madness.
Centuries ago, ants used to be distilled to create formic acid – a useful preservative and antibacterial agent. Nowadays however, distilling ants not only offers these same benefits, but it adds a certain citrussy flavour, providing an alternative to the more commonly used orange or lemon peel.
Getting your hands on a bottle is easier said than done though. Due to the labour-intensive production process, the gin is made in very small quantities, meaning its both expensive and difficult to find. Having recently released only its seventh batch, we don’t ant-icipate it hanging around for very long.