5 of the best local gins
Time to talk tipples. Our specialised subject, the fabulous assortment of artisan gins distilled right here in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Bottoms up!
Pull up a bar stool and let’s talk spirits. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s be-gin! G&T is definitely our favourite tipple at Muddy and – lucky us – some of the best artisan gins in the land just happen to be local to Hants and the Isle of Wight. Here’s a few favourites.
Hampshire is known for our fresh, flavoursome watercress. Twisted Nose Dry Gin (40% ABV) from the Winchester Distillery capitalises on the local delicacy, along with nine other carefully chosen botanicals. It’s a well-respected gin that’s firmly anchored in the county. Serve with a good tonic and a slice of grapefruit or straight-up garnished with a spring of watercress. £37.95/70cl.
The Isle of Wight may only have one gin distillery but it’s a corker! This Muddy Award-winning business has a range of spirits, but none are more beautiful than Mermaid Gin. Just look at that bottle… The gin contains a real essence of the Island – locally foraged Rock Samphire, Boadicea hops directly from Ventnor Botanic Gardens and cut with Island chalk-fed spring water. While this 42% ABV beauty is best served straight up with tonic and lots of ice, it also goes perfectly with cucumber and seasonal berries as a garnish. £38/70cl.
With the first batch released in 2018, this new-ish comer to the gin world has a pretty formidable birthplace. Distilled in Portsmouth’s Fort Cumberland, it includes botanicals found within the fort’s walls – Gorse Flower, Elderflower and Sea Radish. A 41% ABV gin, it’s best served as a simple G&T, garnished with lime. £38/70cl
Hampshire has a huge array of fantastic artisan gins at its disposal, but how many are world famous? Enter that iconic blue bottle of Bombay Sapphire (£20/70cl), distilled in Laverstoke Mill, Whitchurch since 2011 (47% ABV). The classic gin’s look conjures up images of faraway lands and the flavour has hints of the ten botanicals contained within. The newest additions to the Bombay Sapphire gin range are the gorgeous Bombay Sunset and festive Bombay Bramble, Bombay Sapphire’s first flavoured gin with a deep crimson colour and ripe, blackberry and raspberry flavour. £23/70cl.
Gorilla Spirits trialled more than 100 different gins before hitting on the double medal winner Silverback in 2015. The distillery can be found in Upton Grey, North Hampshire and it boasts real ethical creds. The signature Silverback Mountain Strength Gin (46% ABV) was created to with preservation in mind and they give £1 from every bottle to The Gorilla Organization. Pair with a light tonic and a twist of orange peel. £35/70cl.