The gin revolution continues to sweep the nation (YAY!), with more flavours and distilleries appearing almost daily it feels! The ever expanding range of new, innovative gins can be overwhelming for consumers and also hard for small, craft gin distillers to succeed and grow. This is where I think gin subscription boxes come into their own as a way to eliminate the stress of which new discovery to take home whilst allowing distillers to reach the gin masses!
The Gin Club evolved from the idea that you can never have too many gins – I mean who doesn’t agree with that! Partnered with online drinks retailer 31DOVER, The Gin Club aims to introduce discerning gin drinkers to exciting craft gins from around the world through their fantastic contacts list of producers!
The first boxes of the subscription service shipped in June 2018 and they continue to send out deliveries of fantastic gins to their curious ‘Giniuses’ before anywhere else.
How it works!
Each month or quarter members are sent an exciting bottle of one of the world’s finest small-batch gins. These are often brand new flavours, rare distillations or exclusive editions.
Boxes ship the first week of every month and are generally a full sized 70cl bottle, unless it’s something truly unique when you may receive a 50cl size instead. The box also contains two tonics specifically selected to pair with your new gin. Unlike other subscription boxes which come bursting with additional goodies (see my review of Craft Gin Club here), The Gin Club aims to make the gin the star of the show.
Every box is £34.99 (including postage) and can be selected for monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly deliveries. The value of the box contents is stated at roughly £45. I could only find one of the gins I received available to purchase (as promised they are exclusive!). As well as a comparable price, I think the head start on trying this gin before others adds to the value of the subscription.
You can also select an annual membership (4,6 or 12 shipments) as a gift subscription to make your gin loving friends extremely happy! One thing I love is that the boxes are commitment free. You can pause or upgrade deliveries or cancel your subscription at any time with no hassle.
The boxes arrive promptly and are well packaged to ensure that your gin & tonics arrive safely for you to unveil your surprise!
As well as the gin & tonics, the boxes also contain fab cards giving you information about the new addition to your gin collection. I really like learning about the distillery, the botanicals used and the serving suggestions are always extremely useful!
My April box contained a wonderful gin distilled in Brazil and inspired by a poem about meeting a mysterious rock bank! The Mcqueen and Violet Fog gin is made from twenty one different botanicals including six slightly more abstract components, all sourced from around the world which makes it a unique tipple. The process of distillation also sets it apart as they combine 15 macerated botanicals in a neutral spirit initially before adding the final 6 botanicals for a vapour infusion process.
I loved the design and story behind McQueen gin, the bottle has a fantastic embossed looking label and the final two stanzas of the poem are recited on the back of the bottle. Cucumber Fevertree tonics accompanied it, which adds a lovely freshness to the flavour, although I clearly need to improve my skills on cucumber garnish styling!
The May box arrived with a nice pink gin addition to my collection in the form of exclusive Manchester-based Didsbury Manchester Tart gin with two Lixir tonics. Didsbury gin may look familiar after it’s successful appearance on Dragon’s Den, and this variation takes the Manchester Tart pudding and recreates it in a gin form!
Typically consisting of raspberry jam, custard, coconut and Maraschino cherries the fruity taste of the gin is instantly evident. Elderflower Lixir tonic serves to elevate the fruity sweetness, whilst neat or with a regular tonic the flavours are slightly more balanced.
I loved the suggestion of using the gin in a twist on the classic Clover club cocktail as you don’t even need to add raspberry syrup as it’s already in the gin! I served mine with the addition of some fresh strawberry garnish. This would definitely be too sweet for some of my friends, but thankfully I have a sweet tooth!
I can’t find anything negative to say about The Gin Club subscription boxes! Unique gins that you cannot get anywhere else in the UK delivered directly to your door – what better bragging rights could you have to your fellow gin loving friends!
Boxes: April & May 2019
Website: The Gin Club
Note: I was gifted my boxes from The Gin Club. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll never recommend anything to you that’s not fantastic.