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Bedrock Gin

Distillery

Spirit of the Lakes Ltd., Thornthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, England, UK (using an undisclosed distillery in the Midlands).

Website

Bedrock.

History

Established in 2008 by Vince Wilkins with Design Engineer Tim Moor. Tim Moor left in early 2011 and set about creating another Lake District based Gin, Langton's No.1 which was launched in late 2012.

Production

Uses natural spring water from the Ennerdale glacial lake, in the far West of the Lake District. Distilled four times.

The Gin is presented in a tall clear cylindrical bottle with a round orange ringed clear label.

Category

London Dry Gin.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

40% (80 Proof).

Price Range

$$ - $$$. Not available in the USA. Try Vinus Vinis in the UK and prepare to pay 100% more for shipping.

Botanicals

Unknown but it does contain juniper berries, citrus and rather unusually oak bark. The oak bark is responsibly sourced from 150-year old Penrith trees of National Park Heritage, and is kiln dried.

Name

The Lake District area is well known for its glacial origins with the lakes filling sizable bedrock hollows, hence we suspect the choice of name for this Gin.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is light juniper with floral notes. On the palate this soft and mildly sweet spirit displays light zesty citrus and subtle juniper with floral hints. In the close more of the juniper and peppery spice can be found, with a citrus finish.

This is a smooth and mellow Gin but even traditionalists are likely to enjoy the light flavor profile (its still clearly Gin), for times when something breezy is required. This is quite at home as a sipping Gin but perhaps shines best as a simple Gin & Tonic; Bedrock suggest garnishing with some torn basil leaves (plus the usual lime), it certainly brings additional brightness to an already enjoyable drink. This makes an acceptable soft Martini especially for light style Gin drinkers, however we tend to prefer ours with more crispness and “bite” – a case of each to their own, as always. When using other Gin based mixed drinks it is easy to overpower the taste of the Gin, although many do well with the Gins smooth simplicity e.g. Gimlet, Gin Sour, Singapore Sling, Tom Collins.

Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal, Gin Masters, 2015.

Gold Medal, Gin Masters, 2012.

Silver Medal, International Wine and Spirits Challenge, 2012.

Bronze Medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition, 2010.

Silver Medal, Gin Masters, 2009.



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