‘Tis the season to be merry, and what better way to achieve that slightly sozzled state than with some decorative gin that doubles as a bauble?
Calling all gin-drinkers and tree-decorators; boy, does The Lakes Distillery have a treat for you and your tree this Christmas.
The distillery elves have been toiling away in their workshop, to design these festive spirit-filled baubles, which contain two measures of their finest gin.
That’s 50ml of sweet Mother’s Ruin, to you and me. The baubles come in packs of one – which hardly seems like much fun if you ask me – and packs of six – which sounds like a Christmas party.
The magical Christmas gin bauble gift set, includes a selection of different gins, for the connoisseurs out there.
It features The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Sloe Gin – which has tasting notes of raspberry jam, cinnamon, orange citrus with hints of juniper and coriander – and The Lakes Damson Gin, which is made using fresh cherries, ripe plums and juniper berries with hints of spice.
The guys over at the distillery are pretty proud of their namesake spirit, saying:
This is an award-winning speciality gin, with a uniquely complex, delicious flavour.
Every aspect of creating this gin is entrenched in the gorgeous natural heritage of the Lake District, from its use of locally sourced Cumbrian Juniper which grows wild in the fells, and its other 13 native botanicals – including bilberry, meadowsweet and heather – to its distillation with the fresh flowing water from the River Darwent.
The end result is a delightfully piquant gin, bursting with the wild flavours of one of the most beautiful parts of England.
The tasting notes read like a who’s who of the spice cupboard:
A complex yet balanced nose, with enjoyable lightly spiced aromas of fresh fruits, treacle, and a subtle smokiness.
The rich palate expertly balances notes of spice and honey-roasted nuts, with just a hint of dried fruit and wood smoke.
The single baubles, which have a measures of 20cl (ABV: 43.7 per cent), retail at £19.95, and you can buy them directly from The Lakes Distillery website and social media pages.
But due to economy of drinking, the 6-pack Gin Gin gift set, which holds 6 measures of 5cl (ABV: 43.7 per cent), retails at a round £35.
You can throw in a shot glass too for £2.50, and they’re all available to pre-order now in time for Christmas. Not t mention the fact the baubles will look like beautiful twinkly fairy lights, festooning your tree this year.
The Lakes Distillery’s take on the Ol’ Faithful Mother’s Ruin sounds absolutely delicious. Gin has always been a mainstay of British drinks cabinets – linked to both curative qualities for hayfever and a connection to psychopathy.
Between 1695-1735 thousands of gin-shops sprang up throughout England, a period known as the Gin Craze, and despite garnering a negative reputation throughout Britain, the juniper-based tipple remains ever popular.
Now, that’s what I call the festive spirit.
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.