The other day I told you about my good gin friend Cherry Constable, today’s gin is courtesy of the awesome Rev. Mary Hawes. Empress 1908 original indigo gin hails from Canada and is a vibrant blue thanks to an infusion of butterfly pea bottom – making the colour 100% authentic and natural. The addition of citrus or tonic turns the gin to a soft pink. Now, I’ve tried some colour changing gins before and been entirely unimpressed with the flavour which leaves the colour change just as a gimmick to me. However, I’m always open to having my opinion changed. The gin features eight botanicals and is traditional in flavour with notes of juniper and grapefruit at the front. Continue reading
Two weeks down and today’s gin is from Monsaraz, a medieval town in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The traditional juniper and coriander are joined by big hits of citrus from oranges, Alentejo lemons and apples with the earthy notes from cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. The “blue” in the name comes from an all-natural flower extract that means the liquid turns from a chemical blue to a dusky pink when mixed with tonic. I’ve tried a gin like this before and wasn’t impressed so let’s see how Sharish fares…
I was expecting this to have a harsh, chemical taste (due to the colour) but I’m wrong. The smell is strong, you can sense it from a distance. Slightly floral and sweet, I have absolutely no idea about botanicals from the smell. Straight up, this is pretty bad. No flavour comes through other than a strong, burning flavour. It tastes like fake flavours. Not a fan. Mixed with tonic, the dusky pink colour comes out with a whiff of sherbet (see this below). It doesn’t taste bad. But it also doesn’t taste great. Personally, I’m a bit meh about this. Whilst we all love some colour changing, I think the novelty of that would soon wear off and not leave you with much. And I still have no clue about what is in it.
Sharish are on Facebook, and is available on Master of Malt for £37.17 (at time of writing) for a 50cl bottle of the 40% Blue Magic gin. I won’t be rushing to buy a bottle, but if you want to impress party guests then this is the one to go for.
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