Here’s a little secret, I get slightly nervous when it comes to trying a dry gin – my love for gin started with flavoured gin and I’m the kind of person who makes a ‘traditionalist gin lover’ would scrunch their nose up at. Which is kind of ironic given Hayman’s campaign to “call time on fake gin”
(I am sure I have consumed and loved many) but what does this mean? They’re trying to protect what makes gin well, gin; this is the use of juniper and making sure it’s still a predominant character in the distilling process. It’s a campaign that I enjoyed reading about whilst trying my @haymansgin . So how do you know a gin is true to its name? It’s the presence of juniper and you should be able to smell and taste it. I always try a gin neat before I try it with any form of mixer and if you’re unsure what Juniper tastes like, you can pick some up in the spice isle in all major supermarkets. Hayman’s believes that distillers should remain true to gin and guarantee they stay within the bounds of the juniper taste. So that being said… Is Haymans a fake gin? Absolutely not. It’s a “true English gin” that has been refined across 150 years and contains a total of ten botanicals – what do I enjoy the most about this gin? The citrus undertones, it contains lemon and orange peel combined with liquorice and nutmeg amongst others distilled by a trio of great women – Marjorie, Karin and Miranda, yup you guessed it they are the cooper stills used for making the gin within the Hayman family. I’ve focused more on telling you about the brand with this review but I’d like to talk to you about the taste, I added blackberries and strawberries to balance the citrus taste and bring out the liquorice. My first taste lasted me under 5 minutes. To say this gin is smooth is an understatement, meaning it’ll be enjoyable with all mixers and great for use in cocktails too. The bottle is beautiful and you can get it for under £25 online, also being able to pick it up in Waitrose and in Asda. Due to the combination of the above this is another 10 from me on the rating front and I’ll be joining the on calling time on fake gin. Will you?