Tasting notes

One Gin Review – A Gin to make a Difference

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.


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.


Double Dutch drinks at Aubaine

Double Dutch Drinks, founded by Dutch twins Joyce & Raissa, create spirit mixers using all-natural ingredients with unusual flavour combinations. The brand, which is very much in its infancy, currently has two drinks to its name: Pomegranate + Basil, and Cucumber + Watermelon.

Franco Dutch

Despite being on the scene for less than a year, Double Dutch drinks are currently stocked in Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason, and a whole host of other retailers and bars.

I was lucky enough to meet the twins recently, who disclosed that they’re working on a Christmas drink with chilli and cardamom, which I can’t wait to try!

But for now, you can try their existing range in cocktails at Aubaine restaurants, including the super refreshing Franco Dutch (or make it yourself with the recipe below).

50ml Diplome Gin
150ml Double Dutch pomegranate and basil tonic
2 Basil Leaves
5ml Grenadine
10ml Vanilla syrup
10ml Lime juice
1/8th fresh pomegranate

Basil top
Pomegranate wedge

In a high ball glass muddle the Grenadine and basil lightly. Fill the glass with cubed ice, then add the Diplome, lime juice, and seeds from the pomegranate.

Top up with Double Dutch pomegranate and basil tonic and garnish with a sprig of basil and wedge of pomegranate.

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