REVIEW: Lidl Pomegranate and Rose Gin Liqueur


With its bright, floral taste, Hortus Pomegranate and Rose Gin Liqueur works well as a delicious addition to your fizz but some gin lovers may wonder what all of the fuss is about. 


A little bit of background

This latest gin liqueur joins a much wider range from Lidl. The Hortus name has also included a London Dry Gin, an Oriental Spiced Gin and a Citrus Garden Gin, alongside its popular pink gin liqueur offerings.

Together, the line-up has has become a leading name in budget gin.

Botanicals

Unlike some gin liqueurs, it can be difficult to ascertain whether Hortus uses its original gin as a base. Although the bottle states it is a “blended handcrafted botanical gin, ” it might not be enough to convince the hardiest of gin lovers.

For those who believe firmly in the presence of juniper in their glass, Lidl don’t always talk about the ins and outs of the liqueur’s production.

It’s certainly stylish and will please the casual drinker, but others may be yearning to know exactly what quality the budget buy has beneath the lid.

Packaging

Hortus certainly looks beautiful. Its Oslo-shaped bottle is further complimented by stunning botanical illustration by English artist Jane Ranfield.

Her work has become synonymous with the Hortus line; it immediately reminds you of the countryside and the wonderful botanicals nature provides.

Suggested serve

Lidl recommend tapping into the gin and Prosecco trend with this one. Simply serve the new spirit with the supermarket’s Italian Asti Spumante, nice and cold in a champagne flute; then garnish with a strip of lemon.

On the nose

Lift the lid and you are immediately greeted by a strong floral scent. However, there’s so much more going on here. Fruity bursts of pomegranate are definitely present providing juicy morsels of goodness to balance out the rose.

Neat

Be sure to taste this one with a lot of ice. Sure, every gin liqueur tastes great on the rocks but this one needs to be cool to fully enjoy.

Without ice, the intensity of the rose becomes too much and the consistency is thick and cloying. With ice, you can expect a light and luscious tipple to sip to your heart’s content.

For those who love a floral taste, you’ll find much to enjoy here but others might find they can only handle one glass before they need to reach for a London Dry – you can’t help but miss the bitterness of juniper sometimes with sweetly sweet gin liqueurs.

With mixer

Lidl recommend trying this with Prosecco and you can immediately see why. Its floral taste is simply perfect for a glass of fizz. In fact, that could be said to be this liqueur’s strength. What could be more celebratory than a hint of sweet rose and delicate fruit in your sparkling wine?

Lasting impressions

Gin liqueurs that have a “Turkish delight” flavour between Pomegranate and Rose have sure been growing in popularity.

This liqueur is lovely and light with plenty of ice but its floral taste can be overwhelming, especially for those used to the bitterness of gin.

Nevertheless, for a delicious addition to your celebratory fizz, you’ve met your dream match!

Hortus Pomegranate and Rose is available from Lidl at £11.99, while stocks last.


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Ashleigh Gibbs