Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin review


As confident as a Boycott cover drive

There’s a lot of the “God’s own county” mind-set to both the production and the marketing of Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin; but having tried the spirit both neat and as the recommended serve, with a premium tonic and a slice of pink grapefruit, I’m more than willing to concede that the family run firm’s confidence in their product is well justified.

“Your bloggers were introduced to the brand by fellow gin enthusiast and friend, Jenny, who kindly bought me a bottle for my birthday back in the summer; and we sampled it both as a sundowner and on one occasion, as a late-night nip.”

Although the website and accompanying video are light on real information, I did discover that Karl Mason was inspired to produce his own distillation due to a general discontent that too many gins “all taste the same”; having shared numerous G&T experiences through the Friday night blog site he set up with wife Cathy.

The layered taste employs classic citrus fruits in combination with the juniper and then cardamom and fennel for a smooth yet distinctly spicy finish, which is delivered at a more than adequate 42% ABV. Originally launched back in 2013, Masons Gin has captured a number of top industry awards including Gold at the World Gin Award in 2018 and 2020; backed up by the Gin Masters Gold in 2020 and 2021.

There are other cups in the trophy cabinet: so the experts certainly rate it and I’d be happy to buy it again or order a large one in a bar if it was on the back shelf.  And although we didn’t find this worthy concoction distinctive enough to let it unseat anything from our existing Top Ten, remembering that Yorkshire Gold is far and away our favourite drink for starting the day, I might just be tempted to purchase a bottle of Masons’ Tea Gin to see if it can “urn” an entry in our gin tipplers’ version of Wisden.

“Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin can be purchased widely for around £30.”