Look, we understand Christmas is stressful. Not only to do have to figure out what each one of your friends and family members want to find wrapped up under the tree, but you actually have to get that tree too, as well as a festive medley of other gubbins that “Christmas wouldn’t be the same without”, according to whoever you’re celebrating the holiday with. Wouldn’t it be handy if all of those things could be found within one small vessel? Well, they made that possible with Yuletide Gin! Y’see, what they have done here is distilled Christmas. They make this jolly tipple using a host of traditionally festive botanicals, as well as ingredients that are traditionally festive though not traditionally botanicals. Here’s the list – Juniper, Cassia, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Raisins, Medjool Dates, Cloves, Allspice, Clementine, Cardamom, Ginger, Whole Pomanders (oranges studded with cloves), Christmas Tree Needles (Balsam & Douglas Fir), Christmas Cake, Charred oak, Chestnuts, Christmas puddings, A big pile of chocolate truffles, Lebkuchen (German Christmas cookies), Mince pies, Panettone, A whole gingerbread house, Frankincense and Myrrh – they then popped some edible gold flakes into the mix to give a snow-globe quality. Basically, everything that you love about Christmas has been crammed into the Yuletide Gin (apart from Castle Greyskull – despite being the must-have Christmas toy of everyone’s childhood, its distillate isn’t particularly tasty). Ho ho ho, and all that jazz.
Nose: Initial notes of Christmas pudding – plump and juicy – burst forth from the glass: succulent raisin, cassia, cinnamon and gingerbread. Gradually, the character of a well-stocked biscuit barrel comes through with buttery shortbread and oatmeal cookies. Then there’s amaretto, flaked almonds, cardamom and candied peel, all before a touch of Christmas tree to close.
Taste: Plump and jammy clementine with a sprinkle of toasted spice, accompanied by a festive medley of fruity, spicy Christmas confectionery: from mince pies to buttery panettone and everything in-between. A definite note of Christmas tree follows, with a floral splash reminiscent of the incense of Midnight Mass.
Finish: Candied citrus, glacé cherries, Turkish delight and toasted pine cone.