Gunpowder Irish Gin Reviewed by Honest Tom
The name is a bit of a mouthful and so is the gin. That conclusively sums up DGIG (as I shall refer to it henceforth), however, I you fancy a bit of anecdotal swearing and occasional moans then please continue reading. If you don’t, then “leave your stupid comments in your pocket”.
I think that the Irish spirits board owes me a chunk of their sweet gin marketing cheddar (convoluted metaphor for money), for the amount that I have publicised their gins. To be brief, it is better than Dingle Original, but still shy of Blackwater No.5. This is not to take anything away from DGIG, it is fecking top “DDDRRRRRRRRINK”. In addition, it does have one of the prettiest bottles that I have ever seen. Honestly, I would have been happy to pay 25 quid for the bottle alone, so the fact that it also contained a decent gin was a serious fucking bonus.
Honestly, I would have been happy to pay 25 quid for the bottle alone
Nause-fest technicality: DGIG contains 12 oriental botanicals, the most prominent being lemon, orange, and grapefruit peel, meadowsweet and Chinese gunpowder tea. Previous gins that I have tried which have used tea as a botanical have been lacklustre. For example, Beefeater 24 contains a blend of 13 teas, which means fuck all because it has no flavour and is makes you want to apologise for ever saying that Bombay Sapphire is neutral in flavour. Nor does the fact that it has Oriental flavours portray the gin as unique. Ophir has somehow pedalled a gin off the back of being Oriental, but the gin is so murky that you wish that the distillers had have forgotten about the existence of the Far East. Both of these points aside, DGIG manages to pull off both features. The gin is wonderfully spiced and zesty. The gunpowder tea adds another dimension of flavour and a great sharp kick as well as depth flavour. However, the whole thing is just over a little quickly for me.
DGIG was so close to getting right. The slow distillation process and all of the other technical jargon, means that the flavour has been extracted from the botanicals so well but the whole gin is just a little thin for my liking. The flavour is there but the body isn’t. DGIG is the Keira Knightly of gin. She couldn’t look better, she has got everything right (with the exception of Pirates of the Caribbean) but you just want to tell her to eat a fucking meal. DGIG suffers from a lack of Juniper and in my humble opinion, the absence of black pepper is a real negligence. The finish is just a touch too short and I want the gin to feel fuller in the mouth. With a name as explosive as “Gunpowder”, I was expecting a Shiraz, but what I got was Pinot Noir. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinot Noir, but it does always leave me slightly unsatisfied. It is this lack of juniper which means that dilution is problematic. I have mentioned this in my reviews of Bloom and Silent Pool, and DGIG is no exception. It is a perfect sipping gin and works beautifully on ice, but it is too delicate and gets lost too easily.
I would like to apologise to DGIG, because I have made it sound like it is one of the worst things that I have ever tasted, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I thoroughly enjoyed DGIG, and it was far superior to both Silent Pool and Bloom, I am just getting hung up on my ideas for improvement. If I were you, I wouldn’t listen to me, these words come from the brain of a guy who thought that it would be a great “life-improving decision” to drop out of university and work in a lawnmower factory in Ipswich. Every bit as grim and soul destroying as it sounds. Drink gin and just fucking enjoy it!