Cotswold Gin Essence

Classic G&T, high on flavour, low on alcohol

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I love the creative way companies are finding to help us enjoy the best possible G&T experience without the heavy alcohol hit. This is a gorgeous elixir: a little bottle containing 46% proof gin with ten times the botanical essences. This means that just 5ml produces an intensely flavoured aromatic gin and tonic, with only .23 units of alcohol and just 23 calories.

I was a little doubtful about the business of using the dropper five times to add the essence to my glass, but within seconds my inner apothecary took over and the act of measuring and depositing the gin essence took on an numinous quality, enhanced by the enigmatic matt black bottle with its silver lettering. I felt I was in potions class. There’s wizardry at work inside too: a balanced and delicious gin and tonic that tastes as good as the full fat version. There’s juniper and coriander up front, backed by the oily tang of citrus from grapefruit and lime zest and matched with a slight hit of pepper. What brings the extra special quality is the use of lavender as a faint perfumed note that sits underneath the other ingredients and adds an extra brightness to their qualities. And finally there’s just the delicate touch of alcohol, not much, sidling up and adding its punch to the flavours.

Makers Notes

Our Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence is made using ten times the botanical concentration of our Cotswolds Dry Gin. This adds up to a truly enormous amount of flavour per unit of alcohol which means you can use it to make a lighter and deliciously refreshing G&T with all of the flavour and 90% less alcohol than a standard 50ml serve of Cotswolds Dry Gin. Each 5ml serve contains 0.23 units of alcohol and 14 calories. One bottle makes a total of 20 G&Ts.

Tasting Notes

Nose: lavender and juniper Taste: the best botanicals Colour: clear

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ABV achieved by
Cotswolds, UK
Cotswolds Distillery
Bottle size (ml)
Gluten Free
Calories Kcal/100ml
Principal ingredients
Juniper berries, coriander seed, angelica root, lavender, pink grapefruit & lime zest, bay leaves, black peppercorn and cardamom seed.
Juniper, citrus and lavender
Shelf Life
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Cotswolds Distillery
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