If there is one thing this lockdown has given a lot of us, that is time! It has definitely slowed things down for a lot of people. Finding ways to spend some of your extra time has definitely been interesting. Luckily the team here has a access to a vast array of spirits that may or may not be unfamiliar to us. Exploring new spirits and reintroducing ourselves to others has most definitely occupied some of that extra time!
One of those more unfamiliar spirits is Aber Falls Gin from the lovely Welsh village of Abergwyngregyn. While they do make whisky, the gin is truly something tasty! Named after the famous Aber Falls waterfall where the distillery sits at the base of. The distillery is one of only a handful businesses in the village that sits at the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. Aber Falls also works with the local farmers and community to create a sustainable product, from using local barley to using spent grain for cattle feed. For their gins they work with a local botanic gardens for welsh inspired botanicals, a lot of which can be found growing wildly in North Wales.
Once this lockdown is a bit further in our rear view mirror, a trip to Aber Falls is going to be in the books! Until then we are going to have to settle for sampling their tasty offerings. The two that have been cracked open are the Orange Marmalade Gin and the Welsh Dry Gin. Both delicious!
Silver medal winner in both San Francisco World Spirits Competition and International Wine & Spirits Competition. Wonderfully balanced with the piney juniper, sweet and tangy citrus flavours. Huge fan of the heavy orange notes!
Has also taken some awards, both gold and silver in the previously mentioned competitions! If you are looking for something more traditional and juniper forward, this is a fantastic one. This is closest to a London Dry style gin, but using welsh water from the mountains around Aber Falls. Notes of sweet citrus, black liquor ice and earthy tartness.