My gin journey started a couple of years ago when I first started trying small batch gins rather than those usually found in most bars. It really opened my eyes to the complexity and uniqueness of this spirit, each with their own personality, a little like wine tasting, the fun was in finding the personality of each one.
Visiting distillery’s and listening to the passion behind each spirit made me explore further and further into the world of Gin.
When I heard about Murray and Yeatman Gin, I was intrigued by the story. The discovery of a book on distillation methods that dated back to the 17th century at a family home, which led Rob Murray down his own path of discovery.
With the assistance of Jonathan Yeatman, who had a pharmaceutical and distilling background, they used an amalgamation of ancient methods along with their choice of botanicals and started to produce their own gin.
With a knowledge of alchemy, it was their aim to produce a gin of ultra smooth quality.
Coming in standard and navy strengths, I first tried the standard.
The bottles with their glass stoppers definitely stood out and signalled to times gone by.
On opening, it immediately greets you with the warm scent of Juniper, as every gin should, giving way to a secondary element of lavender.
Pouring into a tasting glass neat, you are also introduced to a citrus element which is very inviting. The citrus carries through onto the palette along with a little alcohol burn, despite this being the standard strength at 39% vol.
I decided to try it again with tonic and for this I choose a fever-tree Mediterranean.
This really bought a herby element out in the gin, with the rosemary tonic complimenting it perfectly. Citrus also came through first on the palette with a long finish, that I believe was saffron.
While marketed as a sipping gin, I really think this drink comes alive with the tonic, with its complexity subdued when sipped neat.
Next I tried the Navy Strength. At 57%, this is the bigger brother.
Neat is had more of everything, not just alcohol, but juniper, citrus and that smooth finish.
In the gin and tonic, the higher volume showed through, with the citrus and herbaceous elements taking a back seat to the juniper, for me this one is better in a cocktail, where the other subtle elements usually get lost, but where you want the juniper to still come through.
Whilst I enjoyed both the gins, the standard strength captivated me more and made a stunning G&T, with one of the longest finishes I have experienced.
If you want to find out more about Murray and Yeatman, check out there website here, which also features a shop where you can purchase both gins as well as miniature varieties.
The gins featured were sent to me as samples to try and review, the review and all opinions are those of Manchester Food Tourist and are impartial and honest.