Mayfield Sussex Hop Gin

Mayfield Gin is the brain child of James Rachham – who also founded the artisanal spirits company Emporia Brands. Growing their hops in just one acre of a 30 acre farm in Salehurst (for anyone else whose geography is a bit iffy, go north from Hastings but not as far as Tunbridge Wells) which gives a citrus edge to the hoppy gin. The Sussex Hops are distilled with juniper, orange and lemon peel, angelica root, coriander seed, liquorice and orris root. I have high hopes for this – nothing gimmicky or random has been thrown in.

I got my hands on a sample of this because I have a lovely gin friend called Cherry who also drinks a lot of gin and she was kind enough to send me a little bottle. In the bottle it smells quite perfumed and juniper focused, which mellows out slightly and a bigger hit of alcohol comes forward. A sip of it straight reveals it to be quite punchy and almost quite peppery. It lingers on the tongue and lights up your mouth.

This is how the bottle actually looks…

Mixed with a can of Fever Tree, the flavours develop and become deeper. It’s not heavy but you can feel it in your mouth and your nose. There’s a hint of citrus at the back of the throat, you know when you drink beer which has a hint of lemon in it? That’s kind of how this tastes. But not as bloating. It’s light and zesty but with a dryness at the back of the throat. I’m quite a fan of this – plus I’m a sucker for anything local to me!

A 70cl bottle of their 40% gin is available on Master of Malt for £32.95 (at time of writing) which I think is a pretty good price and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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