Sorry it’s been a while since my last Gin Diaries, but I am back this week with something special. This week is all about Rock Rose gin, a wonderful gin from the north most coastline of mainland Scotland.
Now I had been following Rock Rose on Twitter for a while, so when I was asked to try out their gin I was quite excited. I am in love with a variety of different Scottish gins (including The Botanist) so I was interesting to see how it compared with these.
Rock Rose is a small batch gin hand distilled with the purest Highland water, now Highland water warrants a very good whisky and I’m a believer in that it aids a gin too. Rock Rose gin is distilled with juniper (of course) but also a wonderful mix of local botanicals- the root of Rhodiola rosea adds a rose floral note to the gin (which the Vikings believed would give them strength!), Sea Buckthorn berries for the sweetness, Rowan for the berry flavour and blaeberries, cardamon, coriander seed and verbena to name but a few! The interesting thing though as the climes change each year, the local herbs and wild botanicals will alter in Rock Rose, which is interesting as each batch will be slightly different!
The ‘perfect serve‘ for Rock Rose gin, is of course over lots of ice and with Fever Tree tonic, but the garnish is a little different to some, this time it’s Rosemary. Whilst I was sent a small sprig, I grabbed a larger one from the garden (and gave it a smack to release it’s flavours) and popped it in my gin. The aroma from the glass at this point was amazing, a herbal, botanical almost sea smelling scent. On my first sip the botanicals hit me, that sea scent got heavier and I felt could almost taste the sea, in a pleasant way of course. For a Friday night post-drink this was wonderfully soothing and relaxing. I really did enjoy it, the freshness definitely came through. It wasn’t too floral, but you do get that sweet note at the end, it’s not overly fruity, which is great for me (as I always say sweet things aren’t my bag). If you’re not a fan of London Dry gin then I can definitely recommend a more botanical gin to try.
I can definitely see why Rock Rose gin has been placed in the Top 50 food and drink products in Britain by the Great Taste Awards, it truly is an interesting and flavourful gin. When you next get asked what gin you’d like in a bar, if it’s there, pick it and support this new gin! I’m just hoping I can find somewhere in Manchester where I can get my hands on a larger bottle!!!
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Have you tried Rock Rose gin? Have you tried any other Scottish gins? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. * I received the sample from Rock Rose gin, as ever all opinions are my own.