Peaky Blinder spiced gin is part of a larger range from Sadler’s brewing co.
Price: ~ £21
Grains of paradise
First thing’s first… I bought this gin cheap, and because it gave me free shipping on my order from a certain website. Without wishing to sound snobbish, I don’t get the impression it ranks highly on many gin enthusiasts list of ‘must buy gins’. However it is still deserving of a review, as it has no doubt made its way into many a booze collection from the name alone! The price also makes it appealing to the masses. There’s not a lot of information about it though, certainly not on Sadler’s website. So I can’t tell you much about it, including, as you can see above, what the botanicals actually are! All this unfortunately only really tends to support the theory that it’s a bit of a cash-in on the gin craze. Still… let us see what it’s like!
Very little effort has been put into the design of this gin, though I think that is at least partially intentional, in order to keep it on brand as part of the collection of ‘Peaky Blinder’ spirits (Irish Whiskey, Spiced Black Rum, and Moonshine) which all basically look the same other than the design of the gang member on the bottle and the colour of the liquid within. I’m not actually sure whether there’s a deliberate (or legal!) tie in with the TV show, but there’s absolutely nothing about the design that stands out.
On the nose, the gin has a fairly weak aroma, and the alcohol comes through quite strongly. There’s a bit of a vodka smell about it, but with the added sweetness of a few botanicals. I think it’s safe to assume coriander and angelica are in there, but as you’d expect from a ‘spiced dry gin’ there’re hints of spice too, most likely cassia foremost, and citrus. It has a hint of sweet creaminess to it, sitting just above a slightly pungent aroma. The overall impression though is that it just doesn’t smell of much.
Neat there’s a fair amount of burn and a good amount of spice, but not a great deal of actual flavour. It’s nice and sweet at the font with a floral citrus, and towards the back there are definite coriander notes which are fairly sour, along with a slightly bitter rooty taste which may well be orris. It’s not bad, but it’s not particularly refined.
Adding some water to it definitely spreads the spice around quite nicely. There’s a sourness too, but not overly so and a warming spice begins to develop from the ginger and grains of paradise. There’re more of those classic gin flavours too. It’s a little confusing why they’ve opted to call it a ‘spiced’ dry gin, when it’s not any more spiced than a dozen others I’ve tried.
Finally, I decided to try it in an Aperol Negroni and the results were… actually pretty decent! The spices worked well with the aperol, and the gin left plenty of room for the flavours of the other liquids to come through. It’s enjoyable… but it’s just… missing an edge.
My overall impression of this gin is that it’s mass produced without any real love for the end product, and that’s where I think it’s main problem lies. It’s just ‘good enough’. I can’t shake the feeling that, along with the name, it’s basically part of a ‘cover all bases’ range designed to make money. It’s by no means done badly, in fact it’s a fairly easy drinker, but there’s nothing here that sets my heart afire, for good or bad. It’s fine *shrugs*
Peaky Blinder gin is available online
All reviews are of the author’s personal collection, bought and paid for by the author, unless otherwise stated.