Ginfluenced: We Tried Graham Norton's Gin

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Often times when I see celebrities releasing products I roll my eyes and have as little interest as re-sitting the Leaving Cert.

When I heard that Graham Norton was releasing a gin however, I have to admit got a little excited. When his wine came out a few years back I wasn't mad to try it but after hearing through the grapevine (pun intended) that it was actually pretty delish, I went straight to my local to pick one up for the weekend.

I actually really enjoyed it and have bought it quite a few times since. I hoped that his gin would be no different.

At first, my estimation was that this would be middle-tier in gin land, around the same quality as Bombay Sapphire. It comes in at €42 a bottle, which is a little pricier than I had expected so straight away I was hoping it would surpass my expectations.

Welcome to Ginfluenced!

A weekly series dedicated to the spirit of life. This week is my very first time trying a gin made by a celebrity rather than a small craft distillery in Ireland, so it should be an interesting one.

The Bottle:

The bottle design took me by surprise. I expected it to follow a similar suit to the wines - plain and simple.

Instead this bottle is super eye-catching with a unique purple palette of colour. Through the bottle you'll see purple fuchsia petals printed across the back label, giving it a unique appearance and character. It's definitely one that will stand out from the rest on a shelf in a bar or shop.

Background:

Graham Norton's Own Irish Gin is small batch distilled in West Cork, near his Irish home.

The gin itself is distilled with Irish grain and mixes a combination of twelve botanicals. The botanicals are picked when the weather's right, the flowers are blooming and it's all locally foraged.

It's distilled in a London Dry style.

Graham said:

"Great gin is a starting point. Add the right mixers, a favourite glass and a friend or two and you've a recipe for something very special indeed."

Botanicals:

  • Angelica
  • Fuschia Flowers
  • Orris Root
  • Rose Hip
  • Basil
  • Liquorice
  • Gooseberry
  • Lemon peel
  • Orange peel
  • Elderflower
  • Juniper
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On the nose:

The first scent carries strong and distinctive notes of juniper berries followed by a unique floral note from the fuchsia petals.

It has a bittersweet woody aroma with citrus undertones.

Straight:

Initially, you'll taste the sweet fuchsia petals and lemon peel along with a bright botanical mix, rounding to a pleasant classic resinous juniper forward Gin.

With Tonic:

With tonic you'll get a sharp citrus zest followed by a sweetness from the flora and berries. It's refreshing and will definitely be a good quencher on sunny days.

Signature Serve:

  • Graham Norton's Own Irish Gin
  • Slice of lime
  • Schweppes Indian Tonic Water

Where To Find It:

A bottle will cost you €42 and is now available in Supervalu stores across the country.

Chin chin to GN Gin!

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Written By

Eadaoin Fitzmaurice

Multimedia Journalist. A lanky video-head living her best life by capturing what Ireland has to offer. Can be seen roaming around Dublin city vlogging herself and eating everything that crosses her path.Email: eadaoin@lovin.com Social: @bandeadd

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