I was lucky enough to stumble on a bottle of this amazing gin at Heathrow Airport last week.
Shortcross Gin is made by the Rademon Estate who are Northern Ireland’s first craft gin distillery. The botanicals mixed with water from the estate well are not completely known, but those declared include Juniper, Coriander, Orange and Cassia – together with fresh local apple, elderberry and hand-foraged wild clover (the latter ingredient clearly all has four leaves!)
Maybe it was the the lovely weather, maybe it was the third G&T but this bottle actually came outside on the lawn for a photograph in the sunshine…
So… what does Shortcross Gin taste like?
This gin has a big punchy Juniper led-nose with some orange peel competing for attention. There are some lovely flavours here, there are hints of pepper, more juniper and a lovely orange finish. Perhaps it’s the water but this gin really is incredibly smooth to drink.
We enjoyed a few lovely gin and tonics, and garnished with orange which was hugely successful. The orange garnish inspired us to make some Negronis with Shortcross Gin – Oh. My. Word….. for a Gin Fan these could be seriously life-changing stuff. Without being too specific on numbers I’ve tried a few of these lovely cocktails in my time – I think Shortcross Gin makes among the best I’ve tasted. If you’re interested my Negroni recipe is here.
This is a fabulous gin, I was genuinely quite sad when the bottle was finished! If you’ve not tried this gin yet, this absolutely must be on your shopping list. Vera Gin Rating : 9/10
Where to buy:
Shortcross Gin available for £39.95 from Master of Malt.