Reviewed by Helen Wyatt
I don’t tend to drink gin, usually finding it very dry. It often feels like the “Popular” drink of choice, and that in past times when I may have gone out for a drink or three with friends that I was somehow missing out on some mysterious fad that I couldn’t understand, by not ordering a gin and tonic! I even tried going to a gin tasting session once, testing some different flavours (I even bought a bottle with a fancy name!), but I just couldn’t get on board with it! Gin just continued to taste like…. Well, gin!
In steps the brand TW Kempton! I had previously tried their strawberries and cream gin liqueur and found it to be a much more pleasant experience than “straight” gin. It was a gorgeous colour, and a beautiful summery strawberry flavour which was much sweeter than I anticipated and therefore right up my street. I’ve now been able to try another of the flavours in the range: parma violet. My hopes were already high from the previous test, so I opened the package with great anticipation.
The colour of the drink is a beautiful violet and seeing the colour of the spirit in one of my large round gin glasses made it all the more enticing. Along with the name the colour really reminded me of my childhood favourite sweets, giving me a bit of a nostalgic feeling. I wasn’t sure if the drink would taste anything like the sweets, as sometimes these things don’t quite live up to the name, however on trying it I would say the flavour was really close! It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and smells just as good as it tastes.
I actually paired the gin with pepsi max which I’m afraid to say is probably rather sacrilegious in formal gin tasting land, however that’s all I had to hand – it was still delicious, however you may want to pair it with the more traditional tonic or lemonade to not mask the flavour of the gin too much! You could even be a little bit fancy and pair it with prosecco for a delicious fizzy finish.
The label on the bottle is very pretty; a pale violet colour embossed with darker sketches of botanicals. I often tend to choose my drinks by the look of the label, and I know this would draw me in to purchase it from the shelf! The bottle is reassuringly solid glass, and is sealed with a plastic cork, with a wooden effect which is a nice touch. The bottle size is 50cl so contains plenty of servings, and is 20% volume which is a lower volume of alcohol than normal gin. Gin liqueur contains distilled gin and is infused with flavourings and sweeteners, often with sweet or fruity flavours like this one.
The other flavours that TW Kempton do are rhubarb and ginger, violet, passion fruit and vanilla, and watermelon and lime. Having tried the parma violet and strawberries and cream flavours, I am very much looking forward to trying the others.
Rating: 5 out of 5