Peaky Blinder Gin review

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Peaky Blinder Spiced Dry Gin is one to look out for –

The games industry and confectionery manufacturers have long been experts at tapping into the popularity of films and TV programmes to push their products – especially to younger customers – but my decision to try the Peaky Blinder Spiced Dry Gin proves that such marketing ploys can  catch the attention of the  more mature consumer – even one who’s partially sighted.

For last Friday evening we decided to try the recently opened bar within Bovey’s old Town Hall which has been refurbished to create the Dartmoor Whisky Distillery. And what a revelation the place turned out to be, with the gleaming old French brandy still working away at one end of the vaulted main space, and the hand crafted bar at the other: brimming with different gin and whisky bottles.

Greg Millar, one of the co-founders let me behind the bar for a closer look at the two dozen distillations, and though I never watched the TV series about some Midlands mobsters who sewed razor blades into the brims of their hats, the label did make Peaky Blinder stand out as a brand I hadn’t tried before.

As I often favour when trying a new gin, I chose Fever Tree’s Indian Tonic, while the scattering of juniper berries made for a luxurious presentation; and the flavour didn’t disappoint either.

Very definitely spicy, this offering from the long established Sadler’s Brewing Co., based at Stourbridge in the West Midlands, uses a total of nine botanicals for an impact that is just as much Black Pepper as Black Country.  In fact the effect is robust enough that I’m sure it would go well with Mediterranean or Aromatic Tonic. I also know we’ll be back sometime soon to both Bovey Tracey Town Hall and the bottle with the dodgy looking geezer on the label.

 

The Town Hall, Bovey Tracey, is a new favourite spot to drink gin

With the gleaming old French brandy still working away at one end of the vaulted main space, and the hand crafted bar at the other: brimming with different gin and whisky bottles

 

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