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Review: What Lies Beneath Zombie Blood Gin Liqueur

Gayle Ritchie
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Halloween is creeping up on us, so B&M is getting into the spooky spirit by selling a “zombie blood” gin liqueur.


A Little Bit of Background

Setting you back £9.99 per 50cl at discount store B&M, the ghoulish tipple Zombie Blood tastes of blackcurrant and liquorice.

It’s been produced by the brand What Lies Beneath and has an alcohol volume of 20%.

What Lies Beneath is created by Hall & Bramley, a spirits producer with origins in Liverpool.

Botanicals

  • Juniper
  • Coriander seeds
  • Cassia bark
  • Lemon peel
  • Orange peel
  • Liquorice root powder
  • Angelica root
  • Orris root

zombie blood gin review

The Bottle

The creep factor has been turned up to the max with the packaging on this bottle! A hand rises up from the ground (or from within a grave, perhaps?!) and a dead-eyed zombie lurches through a red mist.

Shadowy figures float around in the background. There’s a heck of a lot of black and red going on, which is fitting for this spooky drink. The ghoulish drink itself is red – well, it is zombie blood after all!

The Gin

On the Nose

The strong scent of juniper, blackcurrant and liquorice hits you hard when you open the bottle. It’s a very fruity and sweet smell – almost, but not quite, overpowering.

Straight

At less than a tenner, you might not expect great things from Zombie Blood drunk straight, but actually, with ice, it’s pretty good.

Yes, it’s sweet, but no more sweet than you might expect from a liqueur. If you heat it up, it gives it a warming kick which is exactly what you need as the temperature falls and dead hands reach out to grab you…

With Gin

I didn’t want to mix a pricey gin up with Zombie Blood so luckily, I had a budget bottle of Greenall’s Original in my drinks cupboard. It was a bit sweet so I watered it down with club soda and ice.

With Tonic

Because tonic water contains quite a bit of sugar, adding it to Zombie Blood is just too sweet! I reckon it works better with club soda or possibly lemonade.

Lasting Impressions

Zombie Blood will definitely have its fans, with the novelty factor appealing most. Will this be popular a few months down the line? At £9.99, perhaps.

There’s no doubt it’s a gimmick, but it tastes bloody good for a gimmick.

The gory tipple is sure to give a fruity and sweet twist to your gin experience on Halloween. Drink it if you dare!

What Lies Beneath Zombie Blood Gin Liqueur is available at B&M now, priced £9.99.