I received a bottle of Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin as part of a monthly gin club that I subscribe to and I knew it was going to be good as soon as it arrived. Glendalough describe this gin as being made using “fresh botanicals, never dried, foraged wild from the mountains around the distillery”, and this is the exact image that is instantly brought to your mind as soon as you open the (very stylish) bottle. The botanicals used in this gin conjure up a mental picture of green, craggy Irish mountainsides as soon as you remove the stopper from the bottle and take a sniff.
For me, it is the pine in Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin that gives it its wild outdoors flavour; it’s crisp and refreshing and is extremely pleasant on the nose as you raise the glass to your lips. The oils from the botanicals make this gin wonderfully smooth and makes the flavours come to life.
I mixed Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin with some Fever Tree light tonic and it makes the most wonderful G&T.
If you ask me, the ultimate garnish for this gin is a slice of pink grapefruit and some fresh rosemary. Not only does it look beautiful, but the rosemary complements the botanicals perfectly and the grapefruit adds a touch of sweetness. I usually end up throwing fresh herbs away because I forget to water them, so with this gin I made some rosemary ice cubes and now I never have to go without my favourite garnish.
When I drank it
This gin is perfect to drink any time – trust me, I’ve tried it most times of the day
What I used as a garnish
A slice of pink grapefruit and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Is it worth the money?
At about £35 a bottle, this gin probably isn’t one if you’re on a budget, because you’ll want another bottle as soon as you’ve finished the first. It’s a gin that tastes like no other though, so I’d say yes, it is worth the money.
You can buy your bottle of Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin here.