Gin

Ginfuse Botanicals [A Review]

February 6, 2018

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review, but I did receive a free sample.

So back in January, the lovely people behind Ginfuse Botanicals sent me a sample of their Citrus One. Ginfuse Botanicals specialise in little packets of carefully composed herbs, fruits and botanicals to be added to classic gin and tonics to spruce them up a notch.

Now, I have a little confession to make: I’m not a huge gin and tonic drinker. In fact, I find tonic too overpowering and gin far too… well… botanical-y! Honestly its a wonder I can show my face in town. Tsk, call myself a good Londoner! That said, I really wanted to give Ginfuse Botanicals a go. Partially because I wanted to be proven wrong, partially because the dried fruits were so cute in their little plastic wrap and I knew this was going to be fun!

For this G&T, I used whats called a ‘New Wave‘ gin. The difference between this and other gins is that unlike London Dry, or Plymouth there is less emphasis on the botanical, and more on the herbal. Hendricks is a popular example of these, where the dominant flavour profile is cucumber!

The gin I picked out in the end is Warner Edwards Dry Gin. Warner Edwards is a small craft brewery in the North of England, and their gin is notable for being very soft on the nose with palatable citrus undertones. Its without a doubt one of my favourite gins, and has this long lasting aftertaste that seems to mix with the very air you breathe to make you want more. In short, delicious!

Picking a gin like that compliments Ginfuse Botanicals very well, as for a sachet which serves one glass (top tip though, you could easily do two or maybe three glasses with one sachet), its packed with fruits and berries that will start flavouring your drink from the moment you pour tonic over it. As such, I didn’t want something with already bursting with strong flavours to overwhelm. I want to give this an honest review after all!

The tonic I used was Fever Tree, because its consistent, solid, and unsurprising.

Contents

  • 1 slice of dried orange
  • 1 slice of dried lemon
  • 1 slice of dried grapefruit
  • 1 star anise
  • approx. 25 juniper berries

Shelf Life

Ginfuse Botanicals states their products last up to 6 months. I wouldn’t leave them that long myself, as the packaging is not air-tight and will eventually, slowly re-hydrate. But after the 20-30 days I kept it in my cupboard before using, no flavours had been lost, and it still looked great.

Aesthetics

This is what makes me LOVE Ginfuse Botanicals. I am sold on how fantastic this looks in your glass. I have a very small kitchen. I don’t own an oven. No room for a dehydrator. Actually, whilst we’re on the topic, no room even for me to buy any fancy juniper berries, or star anise as I just don’t have the shelf space! For someone like me, Ginfuse Botanicals is perfect, because for an inexpensive price it all comes ready to go with no-fuss. Friends coming round on the weekend? Not a problem – I’d buy one packet per two people, and instantly I look like the classy, well stocked twenty something year old that I’m not. So as an aesthetically pleasing time saver, this drink gets a triple thumbs up.

Taste Test

The taste was … Good! Again, perhaps I’m biased. No gin and tonic is going to sweep me off my feet, but as the old G&Ts go, this one was really decent. After pouring the drink (and taking photographs), I let it sit a little while, stirring gently before drinking. The flavours that hit me strongest were the citrus, and adding Ginfuse Botanical products definitely did make a difference to the taste of the drink as well as giving the whole thing a nice bouquet too. There was a definite subtle pine-y flavour from the juniper berries (and there were a lot!), but I got more flavour coming through from the star anise. Another tip- if you’re keen on the juniper flavour, crush a couple of the berries first before adding them to your glass to get more flavour.

Overall Verdict

★★★★☆

I still won’t be ordering gin and tonics at a bar any time soon, but for a make-at-home version, this one was absolutely lovely and I will be purchasing this again. Perfect for people unable to dry their own fruits, and a definite crowd please for guests. Reinforces a certain sense of “I have my life together enough not to drink gin straight out the bottle and actually make a gorgeous glass with garnish“.

 

What is your favourite gin and tonic pairing? Let me know in the comments below.

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22 Comments

  • Reply Annemarie February 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    This looks like a delicious flavor combo for a gin and tonic. Such a fun way to enjoy a drink!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks so much Annemarie for the comment! It is a fun way to enjoy a drink! 🙂

  • Reply helen @ family-friends-food.com February 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    It looks so beautiful – what a great idea! This would make a fab gift for a gin lover too.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      Thats such a good point I didn’t even address! It would be a great gift! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Reply GiGi Eats Celebrities February 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Initially I thought that was potpourri of some sort – ha!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Hahaha! Its just that pretty (and smells great too so why not!)

  • Reply Julia February 6, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    This would be a great present for G&T lover! The packaging is cute!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      I agree! So glad you like the post, and thanks for the comment!

  • Reply Rebecca February 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    This sounds so good!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Rebecca!

  • Reply Tina February 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I don’t think I have ever had either. It does make it look pretty though. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Tina! I agree, its so pretty! 🙂

  • Reply Samantha H. February 6, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    This looks really interesting! It definitely makes for a very pretty cocktail. I’m also not a huge gin and tonic drinker, but I do love gin!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Oooh, what is it about the tonic? For me, its more the gin that puts me off unfortunately!

  • Reply LinsFood February 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Very nice, I just love the idea of these infusions for G&T. I’m with you, I’m not a massive gin fan but I do love making cocktails with them after being sent a few bottles by various brands last year. There seems to be a gin revival! But I’m definitely liking these sachets.

  • Reply Marguerite February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Looks like a cute little sachet – but couldn’t they use something other than plastic to wrap it? Nice idea nonetheless

  • Reply Sara [Real Balanced] February 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    yum! I, too, am not the biggest fan of gin and tonics- but the citrus element in this one looks so delicious!!

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 6, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      I agree! And it was! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Reply sproutingzenjen February 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    This is probably the prettiest gin and tonic I have ever seen. 🙂 I am also not a big gin drinker, as a matter of fact, i’m not sure I have everrr tried gin hahaha, but if I ever did, I’d love for it to have dried fruits like this one.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 7, 2018 at 10:08 am

      You haven’t? Well its worth trying at least once! Gin is a very unique flavour, and very popular here in the UK 🙂

  • Reply Michelle February 6, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    This is a lovely way to make a gin and tonic more refreshing ~ and pretty too. It would make a great gift.

    • Reply Citrus and Cinnamon February 7, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Thats such a good point! Thanks for the kind comment, Michelle 🙂

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