It’s just a universal fact that flowers look pretty and they smell incredible, but what about taste? Flowers are usually appreciated in a superficial manner, but floral gin is out to prove that they can be just as valuable in the taste department.
This list of the best floral gin showcases all that is great about the taste of flowers. Perfect for summer sipping but also delicious all-year round, prepare to be enchanted by each and every one of these.
Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Gin
The Old Curiosity Distillery grows over 600 flowers and herbs in their own Secret Garden. They are then hand-picked to use in their gins, meaning the ingredients are natural and fresh.
The apothecary’s rose, known to botanists as Rosa gallica officinalis, is one of the most celebrated of all ancient roses.
Used in medicines and painted more than any other rose in eras gone by, today it’s being distilled in this gin due to its subtle fragrance and naturally floral flavour.
Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose is available to buy from The Whisky Exchange for £34.95. (50cl) 39% ABV.
Silent Pool Gin
Silent Pool Gin is produced on the Albury Estate in the Surrey Hills, right next to the Silent Pool spring-fed lake.
The gin features 24 botanicals, including violet, lavender and lime leaf which bring floral aromatics to the nose.
After the gin is gone it seems only natural to re-use the beautiful bottle as a vases for fresh flowers.
Silent Pool Gin is available to buy from Amazon for £33.89. (70cl) 43% ABV.
Bloom Master Distiller Joanne Moore said a couple of years ago there was a gap in the market for a floral gin and since its release Bloom gin has flourished.
The gin is named Bloom in reference to the floral nature of its botanicals. Honeysuckle, pomelo and chamomile are all in here amongst others, creating a delicate floral taste.
Bloom Gin is available to buy from Master of Malt for £24.95. (70cl) 40% ABV
Rock Rose Apple & Lavender
Rock Rose gin is all about the locally sourced, hand-foraged rhodiola rosea taken from the cliffs on the Pentland Firth in the Highlands of Scotland.
It’s a a perennial flowering plant that grows naturally in wild Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, so it must get pretty cold up in Caithness!
Expect an wonderfully fragrant gin with delicious juniper and a subtle, delicate blend of lavender and apple.
Rock Rose Apple & Lavender is available to buy from Amazon for £33.39. (70cl) 41.5% ABV
Warner’s Elderflower Gin
Fresh elderflower buds are gathered at Warners’ Falls Farm in Northamptonshire. Warner’s harvests over 200 flowers at their summer peak to create this summery gin.
This gin is fragranced with sweet, fresh flowers making it a truly field-to-bottle creation.
Warner’s Elderflower Gin is available from Waitrose for £33. (70cl) 40% ABV.
Gordon Castle Gin
This is a small-batch, hand-crafted gin from the Gordon Castle Estate, featuring botanicals grown in the estate’s Walled Garden.
Boasting clean cut aromas and subtle notes of lavender, Gordon Castle Gin is best served over ice with premium tonic, fresh lemon, lime and a sprig of mint.
Gordon Castle Gin is available from Master of Malt for £29.95. (70cl), 43%
Dutch gin maker Henrik Hammer first created this gin in 2010 using the fantastically aromatic geranium flower to give it a floral sweetness.
In conjuction with his chemist father, Hammer conducted experiments too see whether geranium and juniper could work together. Luckily for us science pulled through!
Geranium Gin has a gentle mix of juniper and floral notes both on the nose and palate.
Geranium Gin is available from Master of Malt for £28.55, (70cl), 44%
The Botanist Gin
Nine classic gin botanicals are supplemented by 22 local herbs and flowers, foraged by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of the fertile Hebridean island of Islay.
Both floral and herbal, botanicals include creeping thistle flowers, elder flowers, gorse flowers, heather, hawthorn flowers.
Master of Malt tasting notes describe this gin on the nose as “flowers everywhere”.
The Botanist Gin is available from Amazon for £30.89. (70cl), 46%
Both floral and herbal, Hendrick’s is sure a classic.
Hendrick’s has 11 different botanicals including elderflower, chamomile, and yarrow.
The gin is then later then infused with rose and cucumbers, making for a tasty and refreshing end result.
Masons Lavender Gin
Masons Lavender gin pretty obviously focuses on the intense, fragrant and subtly sweet notes of lavender.
Although Masons keep the botanicals secret we can at least be sure of one. This gin has an aromatic floral note with hints of herbs and citrus.
Masons Lavender Gin is available from Master of Malt for £36.62. (70cl), 42%
Old Curiosity Lavender & Echinacea
Produced at Edinburgh’s Secret Herb Garden, this gin packs a powerful perfumed punch.
Not only is it fantastically aromatic but it also changes colour when you mix it with tonic!
Old Curiosity Lavender & Echinacea is available from Amazon for £32.99. (50cl), 39%
Akori Cherry Blossom Gin
Akori is a Japanese inspired gin produced in Barcelona. Cherry blossom is famously a symbolic Japanese flower and it’s the one of the main botanicals in this gin.
It contains citrus and ginger notes alongside floral tones of cherry blossom.
Akori Cherry Blossom is available from Master of Malt for £30.89. (70cl), 40%
Minus 33 Gin
Minus 33 is a botanical infused spirit that is juniper led and packs a flavoursome punch with hints of citrus, lavender and elderflower.
It can’t officially be classed as a gin as it’s 33% ABV rather than the legally required 37.5%. The floral flavours balance nicely with the sweet citrus.
Minus 33 Gin is available from The Drink Shop for £28.86. (70cl), 33% ABV.
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