REVIEW: Brentingby London Dry Gin


Brentingby London Dry Gin is a fantastically well-balanced London Dry from Leicestershire. Citrus and juniper-lead, with hints of liquorice and subtle floral notes, it would be difficult not to like this gin. After trying this gin, it’s safe to say it will be a new permanent addition to my gin cabinet. 

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THE DISTILLERY

The Brentingby Distillery is based near the English market town of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The distillery itself stands on the grounds of Brentingby chapelry, from which the gin takes its name.

Brentingby describe their gin as “British made, Scottish expertise and South African inspiration”, eluding to founder Bruce’s South African roots and master distiller Tom’s Scottish heritage.

The gin is distilled in an impressive 10 plate copper still, named Ayanda – which means “proliferation” in Zulu. The still was designed and assembled by Bruce himself, and undoubtedly plays a huge role in the high quality of their gin.

BOTANICALS

Traditional botanicals:

  • Juniper
  • Coriander
  • Angelica
  • Grapefruit
  • Hibiscus
  • Orange peel
  • Liquorice root

Local botanicals:

  • Rosehip
  • Elderflower
  • Birch

THE BOTTLE

Brentingby London Dry Gin has one of the most exquisite and eye-catching bottles I’ve seen in some time. The bottle itself is covered entirely in a gorgeous on-trend copper coating and adorned with their hibiscus flower logo. It’s look is simple, yet very effective and I can absolutely see myself using it for some gin bottle craft when it’s empty.

Often, when a gin has such stunning packaging, I question whether it’s trying to mask the fact that the gin inside is lower than average quality. However, this is absolutely not the case with Brentingby. In fact, this gin is beautiful inside and out.

SUGGESTED SERVE

  • 50ml Brentingby Gin
  • 150ml Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic
  • Handful of ice
  • Garnish with: Grapefruit or a spring of rosemary (or both!)

ON THE NOSE

On first sniff, Brentingby smells like a classic London Dry gin. However, get a little deeper and there’s a lot more going on here. This is a rich and indulgent gin: juniper and citrus led but with hints of sweetness and spice.

NEAT

You have to try this gin neat to really appreciate it’s unique characteristics. Its certainly one of the most viscous gins I’ve tried in a long time, with a rich and velvety mouthfeel. Juniper, grapefruit and orange peel are very prominent here, but also taking the lead is the medicinal sweetness of the liquorice root. To finish – a subtle peppery spice and light floral touches.

WITH TONIC

This gin works wonderfully in a gin and tonic. I served mine with a light tonic and a big wedge of grapefruit, to further exaggerate the pungent citrus notes. The addition of tonic allows some of the more subtle floral notes to be tasted, with hints of hibiscus and elderflower coming through. However, juniper is without a doubt the lead flavour here.

LASTING IMPRESSIONS

Brentingby London Dry Gin is a fantastic all-round gin. In fact, I don’t really have anything negative to say about it at all. Both myself and my partner said that this is one of the best gins I’ve had for review in ages – and when you review as many gins as I do, that is a big compliment!

Gin purists and gin sceptics alike will love Brentingby. If you’re looking for a new favourite London Dry, we highly recommend a purchase.

You can pick up a bottle of Brentingby London Dry Gin on Master of Malt for £35.95.


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Jess Harrier