REVIEW: Malfy Gin Rosa

A deliciously sweet pink grapefruit gin in a beautiful blush bottle, Gin Rosa is the latest addition to the Malfy product line. 

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A little bit of background

Gin Rosa is the latest expression to join a delicious range of flavoured gin from Malfy Gin. Well-known for their celebration of Italian heritage, the distillery have previously brought us gin infused with blood orange, Con Arancia, and Originale, a juniper-forward expression.

They’re best known for Con Limone, a gin distilled with lemons from the Italian coast.

The packaging

Like others in the range, Gin Rosa comes in a solid frosted glass bottle.

Malfy often delivers bold colours on its labelling with the bright blue branding typically matching an equally vibrant bottle. In this case, however, the bottle is a much softer shade of blush pink.

Botanical

  • Juniper
  • Sicilian Pink Grapefruit
  • Rhubarb
  • Angelica Root
  • Lemon Peel
  • Coriander
  • Orris Root

The Perfect Serve

Malfy Gin Rosa works particularly well with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water, rosemary and a slice of pink grapefruit.

However, you can also add it to a Prosecco or Limoncello and soda water garnished with lime and raspberry.

On the Nose

Wow, Gin Rosa is fruity. An immediate tropical hit of pink grapefruit is the main takeaway here. If you didn’t know any different, you could easily mistake it as Lilt in your glass through scent alone; it’s so juicy and inviting.

Straight

Typically, Malfy Gin is really quite strong to taste straight.  I would therefore recommend adding a mixer to allow the full flavour to emerge as even on the rocks it packs quite a (grapefruit-y) punch.

With Tonic

With the scent of Gin Rosa being so tropical, you expect the taste of pink grapefruit to continue into the taste. This is not false by any means but there is so much more happening here.

With tonic, it’s probably a bit sweeter and softer than you’d imagine. There’s a definite grapefruit fizz on the tongue but the rhubarb stops it from being overpowering and tangy.

It’s deliciously subtle, followed by bright and fruity; you can definitely see how it would enhance a glass of bubbly.

Lasting impressions

Rosa means “pink” in Italian and this gin is as soft and delicate as its namesake.

It’s perhaps not as vibrant as a few of Malfy’s predecessors but both deliciously sweet and tropical in equal measures. Fans of pink grapefruit gin, this is a must try.

Malfy Gin Rosa is available from Master of Malt and Amazon now for around £27-£30. 


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