Look what I got in the post a few days ago from the good folks at One Time Gin!
One Time Gin is a new company in London and have just launched a gin subscription that teams up with a different distillery each month to create a limited edition gin. This subtly flavoured gin is then paired off with tonics, mixers and cocktail ingredients to form each month’s box. The image above shows you what I received, which is April’s box. We have:
- Lemongrass and Lime Leaf Gin made in Lancashire (the big bottle)
- 2 East Imperial Burma tonic bottles
- a miniature Angostura Bitters
- Chilli and Ginger Syrup – this one got me really excited!
Doesn’t that sound like the start of something special?!
The box that customers receive also contains a copy of the One Time Gin newspaper, ‘One Time Press’ which tells the story of how the gin came to be, who made it and suggestions on how best to consume it. So in this month’s box, we had recipes for Pink Gin, a classic with tonic water and bitters, and Full Moon Party, that uses the accompanying Chilli and Ginger Syrup, image below.
My verdict? Let’s talk about the scheme first. I think it’s an absolutely brilliant idea! Especially when you take into account that they are pretty flexible in how often someone wants a box, be it monthly, every 2 or even 3 months. Commitment-phobes need not worry!
You can, also, I believe, purchase just the one off box. But all orders for the month have to be put in by the last day of the previous month. So while that is a bit of a bummer, you can understand, that over production can be a costly thing for a fledgeling company who also promises exclusivity.
Let’s talk flavours. Now, interestingly enough, I am not a gin kinda girl. But cocktails, I’m always open to. The South East Asian lemongrass and lime leaf flavoured gin is an interesting drink. Straight off the bat, the lemongrass hits you with its sharp, citrusy notes, alongside the traditional aroma of a gin. I couldn’t actually discern any kaffir lime leaf fragrance but it’s not one to hang about after processing/cooking, so perhaps that’s why. The gin on its own is sharp, strong and powerful as gin straight up is. I enjoyed it immensely.
Last night, I made the Full Moon Party; with a name like that, who can resist? Pretty straightforward cocktail: gin, tonic water, lime juice and the chilli and ginger syrup. What an amazing combination, and I can certainly see me having it again and again.
The lemongrass makes it presence known quite vociferously, slightly heightened by its fellow citrus based ginger. It’s a very pleasant drink, a touch of citrus, a touch of sweet alongside the bitter and the merest hint of sour as well, from the lime juice. But what about the chilli, I hear you ask? When all’s been said and done, the tongue notices the chilli, but it’s a pretty mild and amiable encounter. Making you reach out for another glass!
I promised some girlfriends to have them over next weekend for a gin party so they can help me sample One Time Gin’s April box. I reckon they’ll just love the Full Moon Party!
Fancy getting your hands on next month’s box? Head on over to One Time Gin to find out more. It’s perfect for all sorts of occasions, Father’s Day is in June, don’t forget. The perfect gift for my father in law, methinks!
Do you know a gin lover?