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Rock Rose Gin* | Gin Diaries

September 4, 2015

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.

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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,


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P.S. * I received the sample from Rock Rose gin, as ever all opinions are my own.


  • Reply Tamzin (@TamzinSwann) September 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    What a sweet little bottle! I love gin, I’ve heard theres a gin box out now too x

    • Reply MissPond September 12, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      A gin box…. That could be awesome. I’ll have to have a look, could be a great Xmas pressie 🙂 x

  • Reply Bad Taste Toast September 9, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Yummyy! I could use a drink right now…
    Love the label design and the presentation, you took great pictures! 🙂

    Bad Taste Toast – A German/Australian Style Blog

    • Reply MissPond September 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I hope you got that drink in the end x

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte September 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Sounds really good! Need to give this a try. I just bought some Edinburgh gin which I’m excited to try! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Reply MissPond September 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Oooh I love Edinburgh gin! Their elderflower one is lovely 🙂 x

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca September 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I dislike gin (shocker – I know how much you love them) but I am open to trying it again. Am I missing out if I don’t go Scottish?

    • Reply MissPond September 5, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      I think you’re missing out if you don’t try decent tonic! Try something with fever tree. Proper tonic makes ALL the difference.

  • Reply Laura September 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I have been meaning to try some special gin since I read another of your gin diaries. I really need to try some and this sounds really lovely!

    Laura / xx

    • Reply MissPond September 5, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Head to Atlas on Deansgate, literally 100s of gins, you’ll find one you like I assure you x

  • Reply Yorkshire Tots (@YorkshireTots) September 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I haven’t tried any Scottish gins.. now I feel like I’m missing out. I like the sound of elderflower tonic too!

    • Reply MissPond September 5, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Oh you need too 🙂 Edinburgh gin is great, as is the botanist, rock rose obvs and caorrun!

  • Reply Sarah Thain (@sequinthis) September 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I’m not a huge gin fan, but maybe I should be trying out some special ones like this! x

    • Reply MissPond September 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Is it gin or is it rubbish tonic?! Always worth trying gin with a decent tonic like Fever Tree to get a decent taste! There is a Fever Tree elderflower tonic too, which I highly recommend trying with gin if you’re new to gin/not a huge fan of gin 🙂 Head to Atlas on Deansgate, I’m sure they could get you into gin!!

  • Reply Keep Calm and Fanny On September 4, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I’ve tried it, which is probably not a surprise! It’s lovely, try toasting the Rosemary slightly too, when you find a big bottle of course!

    • Reply MissPond September 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Ooooh great tip! I am definitely putting a bottle on my Christmas list 🙂

  • Reply Rachel September 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I have never tried it and I do like a good G&T x

    • Reply MissPond September 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

      You should definitely try it if you get the chance 🙂 x

  • Reply thisguycanuk September 4, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Strangely I only like gin when on an airplane. I haven’t really tried many gins though!

    • Reply MissPond September 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Haha I’m sure there are better gins than airplane gin! Try a good botanical gin with a proper tonic and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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