Now, before anyone starts getting outraged by the headline about drinking gin without tonic, let’s clear a few things up.
Firstly, we LOVE a good gin and tonic. We believe that the G&T is probably one of man’s greatest triumphs.
Secondly, this is subjective. If the thought of drinking a spirit without a tonic or some kind of mixer appals you, then that’s okay. But you’re missing out…
So, we’ve got that out of the way.
Why drink gin without tonic?
One of the biggest reasons that people don’t tend to drink gin – or any spirit – neat is because they think the taste might be too harsh.
Quite rightly, many believe that the spirit might be too overpowering. This is the case with many spirits. But, every now and then, there’s a spirit that appears that’s so smooth and understated that it CAN actually be savoured on its own.
We (and many others) believe that NB Gin is indeed one of those spirits.
NB Gin is subtle and smooth enough to be sipped slowly on its own – or maybe with an ice cube or two. With time and space for some ‘me time’ with a good gin, you’ll understand exactly what we mean.
Put off by poor quality
Another reason that many people assume you can’t drink spirits straight is that their experience with them may have been with those of a poor quality. Poor quality gin, or vodka, can’t be enjoyed neat. Simple as that. Mixers are needed to mask the actual taste of the spirit. Not so with a high quality gin.
Botanicals shine through
So why should you try drinking gin neat? Well, a good quality craft gin like NB Gin will have a striking balance of botanicals. NB is crafted with eight different botanicals and the exciting thing with craft gins is that there are no two the same.
It really can be a joy sampling the staggering array of craft gins out there as there are so many beautiful variations in botanicals.
Often, people’s experience of the botanicals in gin can be missed when they are overpowered by a tonic that’s too sweet.
Gin botanicals are delicate and subtle (normally) and serving your drink neat is one of the best ways to ensure you get to experience them.
Of course, you won’t necessarily like every craft gin that you try neat, that’s a given. But the experience of sampling them is, for us at NB Gin, a real joy.
So, the next time you go to automatically add tonic, ice and a garnish to your craft gin, stop and think, ‘Should I give this a chance to shine on its own’?