One Gin Review – A Gin to make a Difference

Tasting notes

One Drinks, the UK’s leading ethical drinks company, has so far raised over £15 million for clean water projects in developing countries, through sales of its bottled water and soft drinks. This year, they branched into the alcohol market and launched One Gin.

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Made at the Blackdown Distillery in Sussex, One Gin is created through a two shot distillation method; the first is a London Dry style with 9 core botanicals (juniper, nutmeg, cassia bark, angelica, coriander seed, lemon, liquorice, orris root and orange), and the second stage sees the addition of a quintessentially British signature botanical – in this case sage, which is locally foraged from the grounds surrounding the distillery.

The plan is to create a new iteration every year, with the signature botanical changing. A clever idea to ensure brand longevity, no doubt.

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This year’s One Gin is delicious; with heavy sage on the nose, it heroes the signature botanical straight from the start. It’s sweet to taste – almost almond-like, with a citrusy dry finish you’d expect from a London Dry Gin. I tried it with Peter Spanton Cardamom Tonic (as suggested), but it works equally well with Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic. Garnish with a slice of apple and a sage leaf to really bring it to life.

One Gin is exclusively available in World Duty Free (for now) so keep your eyes peeled when going on your summer jollies this year. Alternatively, you can pre-order a first-batch 70cl bottle, hand-signed, numbered and delivered to your door, by supporting the One Gin Crowdfunder until 9th May.

A gin to make a difference around the world.

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