Name: Bath Gin - Gin of a Different Persuasion (40% ABV)
Distilled: By the Bath Gin Company at a distillery underneath The Canary Gin Bar and shop, in central Bath. You know, that quaint English city where everything is essentially the way it was in the 1700's, except with a Waitrose.
Encountered: I found The Canary Gin Bar while sitting in my hotel in Bath whilst on a recent business trip, looking at the maps app on my phone. Names of nearby places pop up, and when I saw 'gin bar' on my radar, only 3 streets away, I realised I was going to have to overcome my fear of going to bars alone and investigate this place. So I did, and it was great, and I asked the bartender to give me a local gin, and Bath Gin is what I got! There are various different flavours, including a sloe gin, but I opted for the original - flavoured with lime leaves and wormwood.
Flavours According To Me: Light, airy, like a summers day in a regency garden. Georgian women in floaty skirts, blue sky with puffy clouds and flowers. Lots of them. I'm still crap at describing flavours. Sorry about that. I'm trying to do justice to the romance and history that drinking this particular gin put me in mind of, without sounding w*nky. But you know what, I don't care! Let's go full on pretentious! If it was a colour, it would be sky blue. If it was a musical instrument it would be...what did people play in the late 1700's? The harpsichord? Yes, it would be that. It is floral and sweet and innocent. And easy to drink! And actually, it doesn't taste pretentious at all, so there.
Actual Flavours: English Coriander and bitter orange featuring alongside the Juniper, and the web site characterises it as a 'light, aromatic and balanced Gin'. Which is exactly what I was trying to say.
Extra Good Stuff: There's a Jane Austen theme here, which I like. She lived in Bath, and part of her novel Persuasion is set there. I grew up with a mother who named her first cat after Emma and I went to Winchester University, meaning I got to graduate in the cathedral next to Austen's grave. And I still love that 1995 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. In fact, I'm totally going to watch that again. Right now. But my point is - the Jane Austen theme is a good and fitting one for a native Bath gin.
Also, the gin bar I happened to discover also has a martini bar upstairs!
Trivia: The Bath Gin Company have created a character named Virginia Austen, whose voice narrates the story of Bath Gin on its website and social media pages. Also: 2017 marks 200 years since Jane Austen's death. So we should all raise a glass to her!
You Can't Judge a Bottle By It's Cover: Jane Austen is winking from the label. I love this. Even though I suspect she had never tasted gin. Or maybe she had? Who knows? Maybe she was more of a rebel than history would have us believe. She did have quite the wicked wit after all!*
*She said of Bath in a letter to her sister in 1801: 'The first view of Bath in fine weather does not answer my expectations; I think I see more distinctly through rain. The sun was got behind everything and the appearance of the place from the top of Kingsdown was all vapour, shadow, smoke and confusion'.
Did I Like It?: I liked it very much. I liked the taste, I liked the historical theme which fits the location of its origin very well, and I liked the circumstances by which I came to discover it. There's a lot to be said for having a quiet, solo drink in a small bar in a side street, in one of the most beautiful and historical cities in England. And I bought a bottle. So it's safe to say I liked it very much indeed.
Can You Buy It?: You can buy it directly from the Canary Gin Bar shop if you happen to be in Bath (2-3 Queen Street) or from the Online shop if you happen not to be. A full sized bottle costs £36 but you can get a little one for £6.75 if you just want to take it for a test run. For the slightly pricier sum of £215 you can buy a whole travelling case full of Bath Gin - it comes with coupe glasses, tonic and garnish and by the time you've finished drinking it, you won't care that you've spent so much on it.
Gin For Tea Rating: I give Bath Gin a quaint 8 out of 10 teacups full of gin, each one being drunk by a sophisticated regency lady in a fancy dress. Their little fingers sticking out as they drink. In short, it is a charming gin and drinking it is a happy experience.
Christina, 32, London. Likes gin.