Nº 1 Dad: The London Nº 1 Gin

Well, it’s World Gin Day, and we’re staring down the barrel of Father’s Day, so if you have a No 1 Dad to buy for, I can help. The London  Nº 1 Gin is a quadruple distilled gin which is produced by Charles Maxwell. The original blue gin, the icy hue comes from the infusion of delicate gardenia flowers. I’ll be honest, it’s a very sleek bottle and the whole thing does have the same sort of feel as an expensive aftershave, but you can/should drink it.

The whole package is beautifully put together. I think it makes an ideal gift as the packaging is so sleek. Bonus it is also a fantastic gin, made with carefully balanced botanicals over a high quality base spirit.

London no 1 gin

Flavours of The London Nº 1 Gin

At 47% ABV, this is absolutely a mixing gin, it would work really well in cocktails but personally my preference is just a simple gin and tonic, perhaps with a slice of lemon if you have it. It is an extremely clean taste, with juniper and citrus notes forward, followed up by a light haze of earthier, woodier and spice elements. In particular cardamom, cinnamon and orris root. It’s a delightful drink on a hot day – not too complex and hard to decipher. Think punchy and clean.

It is a London dry gin and an excellent example of one at that. The flavour profile is crisp and very traditional. But that works. It’s hard to do simple well, but I think this is successful. There is a background note of pine running through this gin that I would expect from the type and really like.

Bam Bam was barely 6 weeks old last Father’s Day, so this year we will be able to actually do something fun to celebrate him. Plus the adults will be raising a glass of The London Nº 1 to celebrate the Nº 1 Papa! After putting up with me for the last year he deserves it, never mind the baby…

This gin was gifted for the purposes of review. My post is an honest reflection of my opinion of the product.


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