Fifty Pounds Gin is produced in the south-east of London, at a small, celebrated distillery with more than two centuries of tradition behind it, with a beautiful still manufactured by the legendary John Dore & Co Limited.
Under the guidance of their distiller, a Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, no less, they use a centuries old method called “Batch Process Distillation”, because they feel this is the purest and most efficient way of obtaining the finest gin spirit.
As it happens, the 18th Century gave them inspiration beyond their name. It inspired the bottles, which are an unusual shape but that’s because they’re based on the first gin bottles (known as “case gin”).
Each bottle of Fifty Pounds Gin also bears its individual distillation batch number BATCH Nº 01/17 , together with the year that it was distilled. Perhaps more importantly, the 18th Century inspired their traditional, highly specialised distillation method. This means their production is small – the yield is approximately one thousand bottles from each batch.
On the palate Fifty Pounds Gin is smooth but complex, opening with juniper, but followed by the citrus constituents, and a hint of spice and earthiness. This gives way to a long, fresh finish, that’s clean, dry and with a touch of heat. Fifty Pounds claims to be the smoothest of gins – and who are we to say otherwise.
|Botanicals include Juniper, Angelica, Coriander, Grains of Paradise, Lemon, Liquorice and Orange.|
What the Honest Crew say …
On the palate Fifty Pounds Gin is smooth but complex, opening with juniper, but followed by the citrus constituents, and a hint of spice and earthiness. One of our favourite gins of the year!
What other experts say …
The Gin is In says … The nose is lemon, lime, juniper, and very classic in character. Just a tinge of sweetness and creamy lemon as well. The nose is markedly lighter and clearer then the palate. Dry Juniper on the tip of the tongue, followed by lemon, coriander and angelica. The palate is clean and focused, with juniper and lime zest holding court until a long astringent finish with a slight hint of anise cookie in the background. Quite long finish.
Overall, it’s only mildly flavored, but clean and classic throughout. It’s quintessentially an easy going classic style gin; understated but refined throughout. Nice balance with no surprises. Continue reading review …
Gin Foundry says … Fifty Pounds Gin’s strongest card to play is its packaging combined with it’s clever use of an iconic moment in the history of gin. Both are very cool. With a bit more transparency about its contents and how it’s made, a more up-to-date website, a more active social media presence – essentially, a bit of love – the gin could establish itself quite easily. Without that, much like the Gin Act it is named after, it could well fade to the archives of the history, all-be-it with much less infamy. Continue reading review …
The Gin Blog says … Taken neat and you are first hit with Juniper, followed up by the lemon and coriander. There are citrus flavours in the middle with a nice spicy hit finishing with anise, angelica, juniper and citrus rind. Mixed with a tonic (my choice being a fentimans) and the gin is lost. It would seem that at 43.5%, this gin is just not strong enough to sit well with a tonic. Continue reading review …