A very well connected London dry gin from Waitrose –
It’s thanks to the dog that I bought this gin – really, it’s true! I wonder if the Queen has ever done the same? “Ooops, I’ve run out of dog food, can’t have dissent from the Corgis; I’d better nip down Waitrose and top up.” Those other royal pooches, Prince Charles’ dogs Bluebell and Beth, are possibly Waitrose patrons too – as long as it’s organic of course…
Anyway, I very occasionally do an online Waitrose food shop, just for a bit of variety. Our very own Wicked Wolf, Josh, absolutely scoffs down the brand’s Senior Meat and Gravy selection – so upon running low, I did another shop for the old fella. Hence, a bottle of the supermarket’s own gin was added to the list: giving us the chance to sample something that may just be on the Sandringham sideboard.
“The suggested serve is with well-chilled tonic, plenty of ice and a slice of lime or cucumber”
Well, at just over £16 per litre, Waitrose London Dry Gin is very good value; the label stating that it’s ‘crisp and zesty,’ is indeed true. It packs a powerful citrusy punch at just 37.5%, with the eight botanicals providing a lovely, spicy finish on the tongue, which really does linger for a while.
Looking down the ‘reviews’ on Waitrose’s site, I read comments like: “Just as good as the more expensive brands. This is now our go-to gin and we buy it regularly.” “Exceedingly good gin, tastes just as good as the leading brand.”
I was hoping to find one saying “Philip always pours me a large one before dinner”, but maybe ‘By Appointment’ doesn’t stretch to individual product promotion.
While Josh’s favourite tipple is a bowl of biscuits and a Waitrose pouch, the Queen’s is apparently gin and Dubonnet. To try one for yourself, use a lowball tumbler or wine glass, add three cubes of ice, then pour one part gin and two parts Dubonnet. Cheers, Your Majesty – just make sure the dog food’s served before you have another!
I totally agree with this concise quote from one customer: “Would def buy again.”