One of my lovely friends bought me a bottle of Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin for my birthday. It’s a default present when buying for me, and I love it. Everyone knows that you can never have too much gin!
I love the bottle for this gin. The label features the landscape of the Shetlands and it instantly makes you excited about the handpicked botanicals that are packed inside. Blackwoods carefully select their botanicals from the Shetland Isles in a way which doesn’t disturb the local habitat, so each edition of their gin is slightly different depending on weather conditionals when they are picked. I’m on my second bottle of Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin now and both have been the 2012 edition.
The botanicals added to Blackwoods gin includes citrus and liquorice root, so it has a sweetness to it that means you can easily drink it neat, if that’s your kind of thing. I prefer a good G&T than neat gin, mostly because I’m a bit of a lightweight drinker, so I tried Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin with a few different mixers.
I first tried this gin with a plain tonic water, ice and lime. The lime really brings out the citrus in the gin and you get a hint of the nutmeg aroma in the gin as you raise the glass to take a sip. I loved this gin from the smell alone before I even took a sip. Things got even better once I mixed this gin with ginger ale though – the ginger and the citrus in the gin are a perfect combination. Add a lime wedge to the mix and it really is a beautiful drink. This is my favourite gin to mix with ginger ale, and I purposely bought my second bottle of it purely to have my beloved gin with ginger.
Blackwoods is not as juniper-based as other gins, so I’d challenge anyone who says they don’t like gin to try this and not change their mind. It doesn’t have that classic gin taste, it’s sweet and aromatic. It’s bloody good, that’s what it is.
When I drank it
During the day and in the evenings. Basically any time I could, I drank it.
What I used as a garnish
A lovely twist of lime
Is it worth the money?
Absolutely! For just over £20 a bottle, it’s a total bargain. You can grab yourself a bottle here