I've lost count of the number of new gins that have been launched in recent years. So much so, it's got me thinking that it must be incredibly easy to create your own take on 'Mother's Ruin' and get it onto the shelves.
How wrong was I?
When Shropshire lad JJ Lawrence of The Shropshire Gin Company set about making his own gin, little did he know just how big a battle he would have on his hands before his luxury British spirit, Tiger Gin, could be launched to the public.
I'm not sure where the 'Tiger' name comes from, (possibly from the indigenous striped cats that roam the North Shropshire Plain?), but when Heineken Asia Pacific PTE Ltd complained that the public would confuse this new brand of gin with their popular Tiger Beer brand, a legal case ensued that somehow made it all the way to the High Court before sense was seen and Tiger Gin was realeased into the wild.
We have sampled more than our fair share of gin this summer but when we were recently sent a couple of 'Tiger Cubs' to put through their paces, I put the Fever Tree on ice and set about preparing a couple of cool Tiger Gin & Tonics.
Despite being very juniper forward in taste, Tiger Gin is packed with a warming sweet orange and liquorice flavour making it a very easy to drink, either neat over ice or as a refreshing G&T with a simple garnish of a slice of orange.
Some gins are overly complex with an almost endless list of botanicals fighting for attention in the mouth - Tiger Gin is clean, crisp, uncomplicated and would make a great addition to any ginthusiasts drinks cupboard.
Priced at £35, Tiger Gin is available to order from Shropshire based alcohol merchant Moonshine & Fuggles.
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