I love gin and everything about it. I love learning about each of the distilleries' journey into how they started with an idea and got the end product.
Becketts Gin story is an interesting one in that they are based in Kingston-Upon-Thames where England as a country was born. In 925AD King Athelstan was crowned as the first King of England in the Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames, if that isn't a good fact for a quiz I don't know what is!! Now back to the gin. Becketts use only English Juniper berries in their gins, grown at Boxhill in Surrey and use mint grown in Kingston-Upon-Thames. I was sent their flagship London Dry Gin using as they say "the finest ingredients" These Botanicals include Juniper Berries, mint, Morrocan lime, coriander, orris root and Spanish orange peel. The bottle-What a striking shape. It looks good on the gin shelf with the fabulous square design and the label is simple but really clever in that you can spot it clearly in amongst other gins. Now to the gin inside that beautiful bottle! Nose- like a good classic example of a London dry Gin the juniper is at the forefront on small with a hint of citrus. It's also slightly sweet and fresh. Taste - I always try neat first as I like to get a feel for a gin prior to adding a mixer. On the palate the warmth of the juniper tickles your taste buds, it then leads to the Citrus. Serve-I served with plenty of ice, 50ml of Becketts Gin and Double Dutch Indian tonic with a slice of orange garnish. This elevated those citrus flavours and zestiness. It's Aromatic in the mouth but definitely not overpowering and has a slightly creamy feel to it. It's definitely got a long finish which is refreshing and there is a hint of the mint on the Palate too. I'm enjoying this gin and think it would make a great base for cocktails such as a martini or Gimlet. I'd highly recommend a try of this gin and am looking at trying some more of their range.