We all know I have this thing for gin. But sometimes on the cold nights of Autumn a G&T can feel a bit summery. Well.. That’s were Rock Rose Autumn Edition enters the room.
Rock Rose is a premium Scottish gin made by Dunnet Bay distillers, who happen to be the most northerly in Scotland. They pride themselves on using local botanicals foraged from the local area, which has led to them being multi award winners for their gin! Their seasonal gins have been quite wonderful, so I was excited for the Autumn Edition.
The Autumn edition of the gin (I have tried the Spring before) is all about the botanicals available in the season. The gin promised to be warming and spicy with berry undertones. This is because the distillery have lowered the citrus elements to allow the berries and spice to become more prominent. The berries are grown near the distillery, these include blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. These berries add a depth of flavour that I found really added warmth to this batch of gin.
Now the suggested garnish is actually basil, which admittedly does play to the spicier notes in this gin. But on a whim I decided to throw some blueberries in there, with some freshly ground black and pink peppercorns. Whilst it may have knocked some of the more subtle notes out of the way, this combination was delightfully warming. The berries really brought the richness of this gin out and made it feel even more autumnal. Tonic wise I just stuck to good old Fever Tree Indian here, with plenty of ice- this is a must.
Have you tried an autumnal G&T yet? What’s your favourite alternative to the usual winter tipples? Let us know in the comments,
P.S. Post in collaboration with Rock Rose and Dunnet Bay Distillers. As ever all words, photos and opinions my own.