Before we get to the review, here’s a bit of history about Slingsby Gin! In 1571 William Slingsby discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water from Harrogate’s Tewit Well. His discovery brought visitors from all around to the wonderfully picturesque spa town. They came to ‘take the waters’ which were thought to have medicinal properties. To this day, people from across the globe still visit Harrogate to restore body, mind and soul by relaxing, indulging and socialising. If it had not been for Slingsby’s discovery, Harrogate would not be what it is today.
This is quite a story and inspired co-founders Marcus Black and Mike Carthy to embark on an adventure to create a product that would celebrate this heritage and bring to life the essence and restorative nature of Harrogate. The original Slingsby London Dry Gin, created in August 2015 was that product.
The London Dry contains 24 botanicals which include locally grown plants such as primrose, sweet cicely, nettle, rhubarb, milk thistle, rosehip and Taylors of Harrogate green and jasmine tea. 12 of these botanicals are sourced from the kitchen garden at Rudding Park hotel in Harrogate. Even the fruit used in the flavoured gins are from local Yorkshire suppliers.
The Rhubarb which makes the Yorkshire Rhurbarb gin is sourced from Oldroyd’s farm in Wakefield which is part of the world famous ‘Rhubarb triangle’.
To create Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, the distillers used their classic London Dry Gin and infused this with the finest Yorkshire rhubarb.
Usually Rhubarb Gins are overly sweet, however I found the sweetness of the Rhubarb and raspberry very subtle and I enjoyed the bitter tang of the pink grapefruit citrus base absolutely delightful. The tartness also gave it that something delicious.
I really enjoyed the Slingsby Rhubarb Gin with Tonic, however the Rhubarb Iced Tea was a game changer. Such a nice way to drink gin for those that aren’t a fan of Tonic Water.
30ml Slingsby Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin
50ml strong brewed, cool Raspberry Tea
Muddle mint leaves in a tall glass with the sugar. Fill glass with ice and add the rest of the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Top with soda water and garnish with orange zest and a mint sprig.
So why not this Valentine’s Day, treat your partner to any 70cl bottle of Slingsby Rhubarb gin (including our personalised bottles) and Slingsby will add a limited-edition Valentine’s Day card to your order to help. This is sure to add to a smile to the gin lover in your life’s day
Simply write a personal message at the checkout and it’ll be added to the card ready to be given to your loved one on Valentine’s Day. All orders will include free delivery too.
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