The botanical historian Agnes Arber, this gins namesake, became the first woman to receive the Gold Medal of the Linnean Society, dedicated to the study of natural history. It is Arbers dedication to her study of the natural world that has inspired the creation of these gins.
This botanical inspiration is also reflected in the artwork on the bottles with some incredible botanical drawings used for the labels. The Agnes Arber gin range includes three great varieties, original, rhubarb and pineapple. For this review, I have tried each in a traditional G&T however these gins also work brilliantly in cocktails as well. The original gin uses botanicals including angelica, cassia, coriander, grapefruit, iris, juniper, lemon, liquorice and orange. When combined the result is a rather extraordinary gin. I love a citrus-forward gin and this one really delivers in that area. The liquorice also come through in just the right amount. It isn’t overpowering and adds a nice warmth to the gin. I paired mine with Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic and garnished it with fresh lemon wheels to amplify the citrus flavours of the gin. The Agnes Arber Rhubarb gin in its vibrant pink bottle infuses the tartness of rhubarb into the original gin giving the gin a completely new flavour profile. Not only does it add a tartness to the finish of the gin, but it also adds sweetness to the overall flavour profile. This is definitely a gin that would be nice to sip on a warm spring or summer's day. For my serve, I paired it with Lixir Drinks rhubarb and ginger tonic to really amp up the rhubarb flavours and then I garnished it with rose petals. The Agnes Arber Pineapple gin is an award winner, achieving the gong for best-flavoured gin at the 2021 Gin Guide awards. Similar to the rhubarb gin, this takes the original Agnes Arber gin and infuses it with pineapple and mango to create a wonderful tropical flavoured gin. This is definitely one that I will be saving for next summer as I can see me enjoying this in the garden on a hot summers day. For my serve, I paired it with The Artisan Drinks Co Amalfi lime tonic and garnished with some dried Lime wheels. This trio of gins are a must for any gin lover and is a welcome addition to my gin collection, with something to suit everyone’s tastes.