REVIEW: Thomas Dakin Gin

Our second gin review is here, and this time I am very pleased to say that I had the delight of trying Thomas Dakin gin. If you like the sound of this gin, keep your eyes peeled on our social media as we’ll be giving away a bottle next week! But first… The gin:


A little bit of background

Thomas Dakin Gin is distilled in Manchester and, as you may have guessed, was inspired by the man himself. Here’s what the distillers have to say about him:

“In 1761, at the outset of the industrial revolution, Thomas Dakin began distilling gin in Warrington in the north of England, at the age of 25. He pioneered the development and refinement of high quality English gin and his inventive and enlightened outlook created a superior quality, unrivalled gin distilling heritage and legacy. Given gin’s sordid reputation at the time, this was a highly ambitious move but Dakin had the courage of his convictions to succeed and transform the fortunes of gin from its dark past into a glorious future. Many gin makers followed Thomas Dakin but he was the man that started it all and is widely regarded as the forefather of quality English gin.”


The bottle

thomas dakin gin review

The Thomas Dakin bottle is absolutely gorgeous – definitely one of those bottles that you struggle to throw away once you’ve consumed it. The bottle, to me, gives off a slightly masculine vibe, speaking of industry and tradition. A rare choice for a gin packaging, Thomas Dakin have chosen a bottle with a thick square base and rectangular sides, which further exaggerates it’s industrial appearance. The label itself is post-box red and it styled in a manner that harks back to sort of designs you’d see on gin bottled in the 1700s. Overall I find it to be a very appealing and classy look that would stand out on any bar back!



  1. Juniper
  2. English coriander seeds
  3. Orange zest
  4. Grapefruit
  5. Cubebs
  6. Liquorice root
  7. Angelica
  8. Red Cole

There are many traditional gin ingredients here. An interesting choice to include both grapefruit and citrus, this is perhaps to balance the spicy, earthiness of their signature ingredient – red cole. Following a quick Google search – I discovered is the 1700 name for horseradish, which I could immediately identify in the tasting of the gin. Now I’ve tried my fair share of different gins but never one that’s distilled with this ingredient, and it definitely adds a new and interesting flavour profile that I had not experienced before in gin.


The gin itself:



At first sniff, the overwhelming scent is of citrus – sherbet lemon and grapefruit. Then comes the spiciness of the cubeb, combined with earthy notes from the red cole.



The first thing that hits you when drinking this gin straight is a strong punch of horseradish, followed by earthy and slightly peppery tones with a hint of bitter orange – giving a warming effect. The gin almost has a radishy taste (provided by the red cole), which is unusual but certainly not unpleasant!


With tonic

On first sip, you can definitely taste the citrus notes from the orange and grapefruit coming through stronger with tonic.  This is quickly succeeded by a strong punch of juniper, muddled with a hint of sweetness from the liquorice, before the spice from the horseradish and cubebs takes over. Although the sweetness of the liquorice comes through, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is a savoury gin – well suited to a classic red snapper (the gin version of a bloody mary) with a hungover brunch!


Signature serve

Orange peel and fresh coriander.

I’m not a usually huge fan of the concept of signature serves but, I happened to have some oranges and coriander kicking about the house so decided I might as well give it a go. I’ve got to say it was delicious – really brought out the flavours in the gin and was overall a very rewarding gin drinking experience! Perhaps I’ll need to change my outlook on perfect serves after all!


Learn more about Thomas Dakin Gin at and don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media for your chance to win your very own bottle!

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