Maybe it’s the colder weather, or the fact that I’m about turn 30 (eek!), but I’m kinda preferring a night in these days. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have some change of scenery and get dressed up sometimes. But it’s nice to be able to pop round a mates (warmer and cosier) place and spend some quality time cooking and eating together over a couple of nice drinks.
The problem is, when it comes to drinks, I’m a creature of habit! If it’s left for me to decide, I’ll probably end up buying the same old drinks like a standard sale bottle of red wine or pre-made canned G&T’s. Pretty boring, right?! It makes it difficult when you go to the alcohol aisle to find sooo much choice available. It’s unsurprising that someone would buy what they know, which is a shame when there is a massive range of drinks and flavours out there. But I also don’t fancy spending £10-20 or so buying a new bottle of gin (or whatever else) to find that I might not like it. That’s even before considering what mixer would taste good with it.
As it turns out, I Love Gin.com takes care of this for you by sending you a selection of sample-sized gin and tonics to try out. So to add a bit of fun-factor to a girly night in and up my efforts to bring along something new (and less predictable), I bought along an I Love Gin box to put it to the test.
What you get
At £14, the gin experts at I Love Gin send you 2 different gins and pairs them with 2 complimentary tonics or mixers. You also receive a handy explanation card giving all the low down on the gin, as well as handy tips on what extras you might wanna add to the drink for that extra flare. My November box came suggested to add cinnamon, orange peel and blueberries for example. This month’s drinks included:
- JJ Whitey Violet Gin (50mls): This gin was described as having a “refined taste with a delicate taste of violet”. I love the violet colour but I don’t naturally like the taste of flowers (does anyone?!) so I was a little apprehensive. However, the description hit the nail on the head with the word “delicate”. You could taste the violet, but it was subtle enough that I still liked the drink and the whole point of this was for me to try new flavours after all! This drink was an overall winner with everyone.
- Pin Gin (50mls): Distilled in Lincolnshire, this gin has “notes of black pepper, rose, lavender, liquorice, cinnamon, almond and citrus”. The explanation card suggested to pair this gin up with the Blood Orange and Cinnamon Tonic Water. I’m not a cinnamon fan but similar to the other gin, I could taste the flavours but they were still subtle enough to make it enjoyable.
- Lixir Tonic (2 x 200mls): The November I Love Gin box came with 2 flavoured Lixir Tonics, which includes an Indian Tonic Water and the Blood Orange and Cinnamon Tonic Water. The brand has been created by two former bartenders so you can expect some good qualities flavours in these bottles. I’ve not tried this brand before but they were a great addition to the gins provided. I love anything citrus tasting and the flavours within these were nicely balanced, not too strong but not too weak.
For a small box, it packs a lot in and it got the thumbs up from the girls. It was part of the fun not knowing what you’re going to get inside and having something new to try together. On the other side, this subscription box isn’t for you if you’re someone who knows exactly what they want because, well, you might not get it. I found it reassuring to know that what you’re getting inside is high quality and that they’re gonna taste good together. I’d say this is a great buy if you wanna try out new drinks without having to commit to the full sized (and pricey) bottle. At £14 a month, it’s pretty good value and considering you get 4 drinks out of the box, that works out as £3.50 each. You’d be looking at around £5 (at least) for a drink like these if you were to buy it in a bar. You can get a further bargain by purchasing a second box which will save you £4 (that’s £10 for the second box) – *cough* future present idea! Buy it here.
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