REVIEW: Fishers English Gin


Fishers Gin is a sweet and herbaceous London dry, presented in a stunning patterned bottle. Inspired by the English coast, it is made from rare herbs and botanicals foraged from the Suffolk coastline.  

We are giving away a bottle of this wonderful gin to one lucky winner. To enter, head over to our Competitions Page until 2nd October 2018.


A little bit of background

Fishers Gin was founded by Andrew Heald, who was inspired to create a gin while out for a walk along the marshes in Aldeburgh.

Influenced by the large selection of wild plants growing on the Suffolk coast, Andrew and his business partners set out to make a gin that encapsulated the natural larder available to them.

A number of rare and unique botanicals are hand-grown and foraged from the local area, before being transported off to Adnams Distillery for distillation. Here, they are steeped with barley spirit and a number of traditional gin botanicals, in order to create a truly individual coastal gin.

Botanicals

Fishers Gin is made using a mix of traditional gin botanicals and coastal botanicals.

The coastal botanicals include:

  1. Spignel
  2. Wood aven
  3. Bog myrtle
  4. Rock samphire

The traditional botanicals include:

  1. Juniper
  2. Coriander seed
  3. Orris root
  4. Orange peel
  5. Lemon peel
  6. Cardamom pod
  7. Caraway seed
  8. Fennel seed
  9. Angelica

Packaging

The Fishers Gin packaging is absolutely gorgeous, definitely one to save for some gin bottle crafting!

In the centre of the bottle is their logo, which is suitably nautical for a gin inspired by the coast. The rest of the bottle is covered with a beautiful blue and orange pattern, reminiscent of an ornate fishing net.

Nose

On the nose, Fishers is fiercely herbaceous. Although it’s not listed in the botanicals, I am sure I can smell rosemary.

However, there’s so many ingredients that I am not familiar with in here that I could be mistaking it for one of the coastal botanicals. In contrast to the deep herby aroma is a distinct sweet liquorice scent, thanks to the double hit of fennel.

Neat

On it’s own, Fishers has an almost medicinal quality to it. Sweet viscous liquorice floods the tongue, coupled with notes of zesty citrus.

Next comes a hit of herbs, together with hint of spice in the back of the throat. Finally, piney juniper enters the mix, but doesn’t overpower. The coastal botanicals are definitely present here also, adding a slightly salty flavour.

With tonic

I tried Fishers with Walter Gregor’s tonic water and a handful of ice. The addition of tonic allows the coastal botanicals to shine through, with the spignel and fennel coming to the forefront.

Citrusy notes from the lemon and orange peel are contrasted with spice from the rock samphire and coriander seed. The balance of sweet and savoury is finished with a hint of juniper, resulting in a long, lingering finish.

Signature serve(s)

Fishers Gin and Tonic

  • 50ml Fishers Gin
  • Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic
  • One slice of orange
  • One sprig of rosemary
  • Handful of Ice

Fishers Rhubarb Shrub

  • 50ml Fishers Gin
  • 50ml rhubarb shrub
  • Fever-Tree Ginger Ale
  • Sprig of Rosemary
  • Handful of Ice

Lasting impressions

Fishers Gin is unlike any gin on the market. This gin somehow manages to be deeply savoury, while sweet and medicinal at the same time. The use of locally grown botanicals results in a unique and tasty gin, which truly reflects the coastlines where they are foraged.

Gin lovers can buy a bottle of Fishers Gin in Master of Malt for £39.95.

Jess Harrier