According to Copper Head Gin, Mr. Copperhead was a notorious alchemist, in search of the elixir of life. While he didn’t find this, he did create the masterpiece that is Copper Head Gin. Using a copper pot still and a recipe based on five essential botanicals of angelica, juniper, cardamon, orange peel and coriander seed – this became The Alchemist’s gin. Actually now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure gin is the elixir of life… so hats of to you Mr. Copperhead.
After contacting the Belguim based Copper Head Gin, we were pleased to receive not only the original but the Copper Head Black Batch as well. So lovely readers you get two Copper Head Gin posts so keep an eye out for the Black Batch Review (coming soon).
Copper Head Gin is my first venture into European gins and it’s set a high bench mark from the get go. Despite the year just starting, this is definitely going to be one of my top Gins of 2018. This gin is smooth, sweet and full of citrus flavour. Only using 5 botanicals really gives the juniper it’s moment in the sun.
The bottle itself is stunning. Styled after a copper pot still, this 50Cl bottle is something special. It’s definitely one to stand out in your gin cabinet and I haven’t seen anything else like it on the market. My bottle came with the limited edition The Alchemist Kit with three flavour enhancers, Energeticum, Aperitivum and Digestivum. The smell of these opening the box is absolutely lovely and I’m convinced the box is perfumed to further entice you into drinking.
Energeticum is full of guarana berries which stimulate your energy level – it adds a Stronger citrus aroma to your gin.
Aperitivum is full of grapefruit & angelica which stimulates your appetite and makes your gin more bitter.
Digestivum – The ginger in this stimulates your digestion and allows Copperhead gin to becomes sweeter.
The perfect serve of Copper Head involves pouring 50ml of Copper Head into your glass then adding adding 2 to 3 drops of blend to your gin. Next step is to fully ice your glass and add orange zest & coriander before completing with premium tonic water. (Though if you’re like me… I prefer a slice of orange to really bring out the citrus in the gin).
The Digestivum blend has to be my favorite, it brought a whole new level to the Gin and was thoroughly drinkable. Perhaps too drinkable, so make sure you savour this gin. You’re going to want to remember every delightful sip.
Copper Head can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk and other retailers for around £34.85 though branch out and get the gift set which retails between £60-£80 depending on the retailer. You won’t be disappointed in spending this little extra and you too can play alchemist at home.
written by Tegan LeBon
Photos provided by Copperhead Gin