REVIEW: Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur

Autumn is here and blackberry season is upon us. What better way to celebrate than with a cheeky glass of Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur? 

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A little bit of background

Wild Thyme Spirits is based on the Island of Colonsay, off the West Coast of Scotland. The company is owned by couple Finlay and Eileen Geekie, who moved to Colonsay to start their distillery after a lifetime of holidaying to the picturesque Scottish Isles.

Since launching Colonsay Gin in 2017, the team have released a number of other drinks, including a limited edition and an aged gin. Additionally, they recently launched a Red Snapper in a bottle – a gin version of a Bloody Mary cocktail.

The most recent release, Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur, draws inspiration from the changing seasons. Not only are brambles harvested at the start of autumn but also, in the traditional Scots “tree calendar”, the bramble symbolises the month of Muin (September).

Botanicals

Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur is made with a base of Wild Thyme Spirits’ Colonsay Gin. The original Colonsay Gin recipe contains:

  • Juniper
  • Angelica root
  • Calamus root
  • Coriander
  • Liquorice
  • Orange peel
  • Orris

This base is then infused with hand-foraged blackberries from hedgerows across the Scottish island.

Packaging

Unlike a lot of gins on the market at the moment, Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur comes in a tall, slim bottle. The gorgeously designed label represents the Elven Princess Alva. Expertly drawn by Illustrator Caroline Vos, the image depicts the princess and her turbulent journey to the Isle of Colonsay.

Signature serve

The suggested serve for Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur is over ice, or with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water. However, we have also heard it would be fantastic in a gin-based Kir Royale with prosecco or champagne.

In addition to these serves, we tried this in a 50:50 ratio of liqueur to lemonade. Together with a handful of ice and a few blackberries for garnish, this makes a delightfully sweet and fruity cocktail.

On the nose

Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur is super sweet and fruity on the nose, inviting you in to take a sip. The pleasant aroma of blackberries takes the forefront here for sure. However, there is a hint of juniper lingering in the background to remind you that there is gin in here too!

Neat

This liqueur was made to be sipped neat, over ice. Rich and decadent, it is almost jammy in flavour. The flavours of blackberry, raspberry and strawberry all come through gorgeously. However, there is a slight hint of apple here too, giving a subtle fruity cider-vibe.

With mixer

My favourite way to serve Colonsay’s Bramble Liqueur was definitely a with splash of lemonade and loads of ice. Mixed in a 50:50 ratio, this almost becomes a raspberry lemonade. This is so tasty that I had to keep reminding myself that it was alcoholic, because I could easily drink this cocktail like juice!

Lasting impressions

If you’re looking for a new gin liqueur to get you through the autumn months, look no further. A welcome change to the many raspberry gins on the market at the moment, Colonsay Bramble Liqueur is a new take on a berry-based liqueur. Fans of sweet gins and fruity liqueurs will welcome this with open arms (and mouths!).

Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur is available on Master of Malt for £19.48.


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