A Manchester G’n’T
Locally foraged botanicals such as burdock and dandelion makes Manchester Gin a damn fine base for a refreshing G’n’T
Review by Rupert Watkins
So, what makes this gin different..?
This is small batch gin, made in one of three stills, “Emmeline,” “Wendy,” and “Victoria.” Each combined run is only 500 strong. The core botanicals are foraged from around Manchester so there’s burdock root, dandelion, liquorice in all the four gins the brand produce. I tried their “Signature” gin.
It’s a classic dry gin. Made with 12 botanicals, the core Manchester Gin ingredients are joined by orange and lemon peel though I wouldn’t call this a hugely citrusy gin (in the style of say Tanqueray Rangpur); the edge is there, but the liquorice and almond soften and sweeten it quite a bit.
One for the Martini or G’n’T then?
Manchester Gin is a lovely base for a refreshing G’n’T. It will make an eminently passable Martini but I feel that particular cocktail may need something with fractionally more oomph. As a base for other cocktails such as a Negroni, Bronx or a Gimlet it’ll be excellent and blend well with the other ingredients.
What’s their story – I’ve heard loads of gin distillers have popped up over the past few years….
Manchester Gin is the brainchild of Jennie Wiggins and Seb Heeley. Forged over a mutual love of the juniper spirit, the pair have also been inspired by the city’s manufacturing history and it’s place as a driver of the Industrial Revolution. During this period Manchester’s workers were known as “worker bees” and the bee is a symbol of the city. Jennie and Seb have the bee in pride of place on their bottles.
You’ve got me – I just love interesting gin. Where do I get it?!
Clearly a number of Manchester specific delis and wine merchants stock it. Nationally, M&S, Harvey Nicks and Majestic are ones to head to. Or pop online.