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Review: Forest Gin

Forest Gin

Forest Gin is an ultra-small-batch gin, distilled with a number of hand picked botanicals. Packed full of juniper and fruity flavours, this gin is well worth the price tag.

A Little Bit of Background 

Forest Gin is made at the family-run Forest Distillery in Cheshire. They hand-forage many of their botanicals and produce their gin in tiny batches. So small in fact, that they never make more than 85 bottles per run.

After sourcing their botanicals, the family hand-grind them using a mortar and pestle. These are then distilled with forest spring water from an ancient spring in the peak district, 1200ft above sea level.

The most noteworthy thing about this gin is that it’s the only gin to have ever been awarded two separate Double-Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards.

Botanicals 

Sourced:

  • Organic Juniper Berries
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Superior quality Vanilla pods, Liquorice root, Angelica and others

Foraged:

  • Wild Bilberries, Raspberries & Blackberries
  • Peak District Moss & Ferns
  • A sprinkling of wild flowers, spruce & pine

The Bottle

The Forest Gin bottle is absolutely stunning and will definitely be one that we hold on to for some gin bottle craft.

The bottle itself is crafted from white porcelain and stoppered with a cork. Hand-drawn flowers and vines cover the sides of the bottle, surrounding the Forest logo and the distillery’s signature weasel.

The Perfect Serve

The signature serve for Forest Gin is:

  • 50ml Gin
  • 150ml Premium tonic
  • Loads of ice
  • Pink grapefruit peel
  • A sprig of rosemary

The Gin 

On The Nose  

Pop the stopper of Forest Gin and you are immediately transported into a verdant woodland.

The sweet scents of wild berries fill your nostrils, with subtle hints of vanilla following suit. Notes of pine, both from juniper and pine leaves, and earthy tones make up the finish.

Straight  

Sipped neat, the juniper flavours really shine through. This is a really complex gin, that evolves the longer you have it in your mouth.

Following the juniper is a strong berry flavour, due to the wild bilberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Hints of liquorice add sweetness, with some subtle floral and woody notes bringing up the rear. In contrast to many gins I’ve tried, every botanical has it’s place here.

With Mixer

Mixed with tonic, this becomes a delightfully fruity drink. Those lovely berry notes take the forefront but are soon followed by little punches of spice from the coriander seed.

Sweetness from the vanilla and liquorice are still there, but the sweetness definitely diminishes with the addition of bitter tonic.

Finally, piney juniper comes through on the finish. As a result we have a perfectly balanced and truly tasty gin.

Lasting Impressions

Now don’t get us wrong, this gin is a little on the pricey side. However, if you’re ever going to splash out on a gin, let it be this one.

I can honestly say that it’s worth every penny. Above all, this is a brilliantly thought-out gin, made with love and care.

You can pick up a bottle of Forest Gin on The Gin Kin Shop for £55.