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The August Gin Explorer Box | Gin Diaries

September 19, 2016

As you all know by now I am a huge gin fan. So when Gin Explorer Box contacted me to check out their amazing subscription box I got excited!

Gin Explorer Box is a monthly subscription box, which aims to help you explore the gin world. For your subscription you get:

  • 4 double gins
  • Gourmet tonics and mixers
  • Tasting notes and histories
  • Gifts and treats for gin lovers
  • 10% discount at the Gin Festival shop
  • Surprises and more

5 Happy Things - Gin Explorer Box

The box is a wonderful idea for any gin lover. Whether they’re new to the scene or not. Gins you may not have tried if you’re a seasoned gin fan and tasting ideas for those wanting to learn about gin. Perfect!


Mr W and I cracked open our box after a very hot day. A G and T is the perfect way to cool down. We started our journey with two of the lighter gins. The first, Tiger Gin, from Leicestershire. Now I have to admit I’ve tried this before in a local pub. I loved it first time and loved it again when I had a sip this time round. As Mr W hadn’t tried it I gave him this one, he didn’t complain. Tiger gin is perfect with orange to match the floral notes of the gin.


Being quite a fan of more citrus dry gins I was excited to see a new face in the box, Bimber London Dry Gin. SPOILER ALERT this was my favourite from the box. Bimber is very citrussy with coriander and spices added to the still too. I loved the ‘dryness’ of this gin and it worked perfectly with slices of lemon and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic to balance the flavours. I’m already looking at where my 10% off is going…



We then moved onto something a bit different. A wonderful offering from Isle of Wight Distillery, their HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin. A definite nod to gins of the past and full of botanicals finished with lemon zest. This gin was flavourful, packing a punch which needs a refreshing quenching tonic.

So here’s where Aromatic Fever Tree Tonic steps in. This new tonic is an easy way to make a Pink Gin if you don’t have any Angostura Bitters. It’s very refreshing and is perfect with citrus and a good dry gin. Hence why this month it was a suggested pairing with the Isle of Wight Gin. Wonderful!



Last but not least the box also had a sample of X Gin. A small batch gin made in Belguim. They boast a mix of 45 botanicals with cocoa and vanilla. This is definitely a fruity gin and goes with cocoa nibs. I must admit I’ve only had a sip of this as I decided to make a Chocolate Orange Gin Drizzle cake with this gin. So please check back for the recipe next week!

The Gin Explorer Box is available on a month to month subscription of £24.99 a box, or 3 months at £69.99 pre pay. I believe it’s quite wonderful to go on a gin journey so I highly recommend checking this box out!

Have you tried any of these gins? What’s your favourite gin? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Thanks to Gin Explorer for sending me my wonderful Gin Explorer Box. As ever all words, opinions and photos are my own.


  • Reply Rafael January 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Hi there.

    I can see you are expert on gin. My wife birthday soon and I was wondering taking her for a gin experience but I’ve checked the Three rivers and it is quite expensive.
    Would you know any other around Manchester?

    Thanks for your help

    • Reply MissPond January 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      I’m afraid I don’t. Their tour is expensive because you make your own gin on the tour. Might be worth looking if there’s a distillery only tour, which could be cheaper. If not have a look and see if any bars are offering gin tastings (Atlas in Manchester). Will be cheaper and you’ll get to try more!

  • Reply Jenny September 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I haven’t really touched gin since my Uni days but this box sounds so tempting!

  • Reply Elizabeth September 25, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I’ve tried this box before and was really impressed with it. I too was drinking X-Gin last night – I wouldn’t bake with it – it’s too special for that. It tastes fantastic, especially with raspberries and cacao nibs! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel September 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I think this looks really cool and a definite must for Gin Lovers x

    • Reply MissPond September 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      It’s a definite must, with Christmas coming up it’ll be the perfect gift!

  • Reply kris September 21, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This is so cool! My boyfriend would love it as he’s really into gin 🙂

    • Reply MissPond September 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Oooh with Christmas coming up it might be the perfect gift for him 🙂

  • Reply Emma Copland September 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I was thinking about getting this for my mum for her birthday it’s nice to get the inside scoop from you first.

    Emma Inks

    • Reply MissPond September 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Oooh you should! I love the mix of things you get in the box 🙂

  • Reply Sarah | Susty Meals September 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Wow, that is a great haul that they send to you. It all looks so pretty too. I’m not really a gin drinker, but I do like a bit of Bombay Sapphire as it reminds me of my student days!

    I just like the idea of getting a box of your favourite goodies delivered – they certainly knew who to contact with this one, didn’t they? 😀

    • Reply MissPond September 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      It was a great haul- it was no different to other subscribers though 🙂 Gin has moved on so much lately, you should check out some of the new players on the block 😉

  • Reply Anushka September 19, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    There’s nothing as refreshing as a good old G&T! And this is a fantastic idea for holiday presents! Xx

    • Reply MissPond September 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      I love a G&T on a warm day 🙂 Most definitely a good idea for Xmas pressies too 🙂

  • Reply Hannah September 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

    This looks wonderful and for £24 it seems quite reasonably priced? The pink gin looks lovely! I shall have to give Bimber London dry gin a try if its your favourite 🙂 x

    • Reply MissPond September 24, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      It’s definitely good value for what you get! Bimber is well worth a try- I know Atlas in Manchester stocks them 🙂

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