Name: Colombo Gin (43.1% ABV)
Distilled: London, UK (but once upon a time in Sri Lanka, where it was invented).
Encountered: I decided to take a chance and subscribe to a gin club. It's called I Love Gin and every month they are going to send me a different gin to try. My first delivery arrived last month. I ripped open the box excitedly, and there were two mini bottles of Colombo staring up at me (I like to think they were singing 'drink me!')
Flavours According To Me: It tastes very peppery, which you'd expect, as it's a Sri Lankan gin billed as being spicy!
Actual Flavours: The information leaflet that came with my I Love Gin box says it contains: Sri Lankan cinnamon bark, curry leaves and ginger root, as well as angelica, coriander and liquorice root (and juniper of course). Very spicy indeed!
Extra Good Stuff: Colombo is distilled using just 7 botanicals, most of which are native to India. Curry leaves in particular are a pretty unique ingredient for gin.
Trivia: Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city in Sri Lanka, which was known as Ceylon until 1972. A young Asian distiller decided to create Colombo Gin using local ingredients, to prove to British Customs and Excise officers that a good London Dry gin did not need to be distilled in London. Of course, he was right.
You Can't Judge a Bottle by It's Cover: The label looks regal - green, white and gold with an intricate design.
Did I Like It?: It went down very easily! I put the recommended black peppercorns in my gin and tonic to see if that brought out the flavour, despite being initially a bit reluctant (peppercorns in a drink?!), and surprisingly it worked very nicely. It takes a few minutes for the flavour of the peppercorns to infuse with the liquid. After that I got an extra little kick every time I took a sip. Try it!
Can You Buy It?: You can buy a bottle for £27.50 on the Gin Festival web site.
Gin For Tea Rating: A very respectable 7 teacups out of 10. I'm having a hard time giving any gin I've tasted so far below a seven. I just really, really like gin. And this was a good experience because it was delivered right to my doorstep, along with tonic water and rose lemonade too, so all I had to do was put it all in a glass and add the peppercorns! I really liked the spicy flavour and it went very well with the curry we had for dinner.
I also love being part of a gin subscription service! I'll write more about that another time.
Christina, 32, London. Likes gin.