Much like the rest of the UK, Wales has experienced its own gin boom in the last few years and now has a lively scene with distinctive, award-winning spirits that showcase everything from gins made with hyper-local botanicals to coastal creations. Here are a few of our favourites.
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Best Welsh gins to try
Distilled with water from the Brecon Beacons National Park, this gin has notes of wildflowers with fresh citrus, balanced with warming spices including cinnamon and cloves. It’s got plenty of body so would stand up well in a G&T with a wedge of orange.
As well as its subtle green colour, hand-foraged seaweed adds a salty, funky edge to this off-beat gin. It’s super smooth and fresh, with notes of mint that tingle on the tongue. The gin’s full-bodied nature means it would hold its own in a dirty martini, served with oysters for an extra briny hit.
Inspired by the sylvan surrounds of the Wye Valley, this gin from Silver Circle Distillery is made using locally foraged botanicals such as blackberry leaf, scots pine, sweet woodruff and linden flowers. There’s an earthily herbaceous character to the spirit, with an aromatic leafiness that would make it perfect for autumnal cocktails. Try in a negroni with Cynar.
Featuring a complex blend of 29 different botanicals from the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, this award-winning gin has a headily herbaceous, floral profile – think wildflower meadow on a summer’s day. Use in a gimlet.
Piney juniper and lavender are surprise best pals in this subtly floral number, with peppery notes adding to its complexity. One for those who prefer sweeter gins, try with tonic and a slice of cucumber.