Over the last few years Gin has had a bit of a revival, with it’s distinctive taste of juniper berries it is a tipple that has gained quite a following leading to an explosion of micro distilleries each with its own secret recipe.
At Waterhead we have a passion for serving a quality gin and tonic and have a range of premium and boutique gins to give guests maximum choice.
All of our signature G&T’s are served in a large balloon glass, filled with ice, topped with Fevertree tonic and served with a variety of garnishes from fresh fruit, herbs or pink peppercorns to olives, all of which complement the selected gin.
Expanding our Premium Gin Range
Over the last year we have grown our gin menu to have a core range of over 20 different premium gins and its still expanding! Our range includes the usual favourites and popular gins like Hendricks and Tanqueray, but we also have more unusual specialities and local gins such as Langtons. One of our newest gins on the menu is the Botanist Islay dry gin which I will introduce to you shortly.
A selection of our Premium Gins …
Langtons gin uses water filtered through ancient slate beneath the mountain of Skiddaw which is right here in the Lake District. Utilising Lakeland ingredients such as local oak bark blend where possible, a total of 11 botanicals are used to make this local gin. The bottle also reflects the contours of Skiddaw and the layers of slate from the all important aquifer.
Nose: Aromatic, soft juniper, quite vibrant
Palate: Rounded, slightly earthy with uplifting citrus
Finish: Sweet juniper
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Islay isn’t just about the whisky any more! The Botanist Gin which is one of our newest gins to feature on our bar menu is made by the produces at the Bruichladdich distillery, famous for making whisky also. The Islay gin is packed with a tasty selection of botanicals. On the bottle all the names of the botanicals are etched into the glass, 22 of the 31 botanicals are native to Islay, including wild Islay Juniper.
Nose: Enough botanicals to make us wish we had five noses. Big notes of citrus, delicate menthol and flowers everywhere!
Palate: Cool at first. It quickly mellows out, warmth growing with citrus keeping it fresh throughout.
Finish: Long, with a good spice.
King of Soho Gin
King of Soho is made in the heart of London by Howard Raymond, son of Paul Raymond the property tycoon who helped revolutionise Soho and make it the wonderful centre for culture it is today. The gin is made with 12 botanicals that give it a full-bodied and fresh flavour profile. You could say that this gin is King of the World but being named King of Soho is just as good. In Soho you experience every aspect from around the world, art, music, culture but most of all and especially GIN!! This is a very tasty gin and gives an extra edge to any gin cocktail which I recommend you try for yourself.
Nose: It pops with juniper, pine and herbal coriander
Palate: Bright citrus, the grapefruit peel giving it a unique sweetness. Hints of spice lurk around behind it
Finish: Liquorice lasts on the finish.
Always make time for Gin O’clock!
All of the gins mentioned and many more can be enjoyed at the Bar and Grill at Waterhead. So when you are next visiting the Waterhead make sure you make time for one of our signature premium gin and tonic’s because as we say at the Waterhead “It’s always Gin O’clock”, and where better than at Waterhead to sit back, relax and enjoy the views overlooking Lake Windermere with your very own selected G&T.
- Written by: Anthony Sutcliffe, Deputy General Manger at Waterhead