Name: Merywen Gin
Distilled: North Wales, by North Star Distillery
Encountered: August 2016, The Black Boy Inn, Caernafon, Gwynedd, North Wales
Flavours According To Me: Sweet and sharp at the same time. Not fruity. Crisp. Can I tell what's in it? No, I'm rubbish at this sort of thing.
Actual Flavours: The bottle says it is infused with local flavours and local music. The North Star Distillery Website says it has botanicals including gorse and heather, hand picked from the hedgerows that surround the distillery.
Extra good stuff: Merywen is distilled with unfiltered water from the foothills of the Welsh Mountains. It's distilled in really small batches, and each bottle has the batch number written on it. The staff at the Black Boy were good enough to show me the bottle and they could tell me exactly what batch number they had without looking. They were proud to have it, and said that because it's produced in such small batches, it's really pretty rare and special to get hold of a bottle.
Trivia: 'Merywen' is Welsh for 'juniper berries'.
You Can't Judge a Bottle By It's Cover: The bottle looks pretty simple, with a red and white label. But turn it round and there's a few bars of a tune displayed on the side! Gin sheet music....these are tunes by local musicians, so that you can hear the beautiful music of Wales as you drink the gin made from Welsh ingredients. The batch and bottle numbers are handwritten for a really personal feel.
Did I Like it?: I loved that it was Welsh, and that I was drinking something local. I loved the ideas behind it, but I forgot the taste pretty fast.
Can You Buy It?: Yes, from this independent beer and wine shop in North Wales! It's called Stori Beers and Wines. They appear to deliver UK wide for a fee, and a bottle of Merywen costs £38.
Gin For Tea Rating: 7 teacups out of 10. Mainly because of the local music infusion. And the pretty name. And the experience of drinking rare Welsh gin in Wales.
Christina, 32, London. Likes gin.