1897 Quinine Gin is named to commemorate the work of Sir Ronald Ross, who in 1897 discovered how malaria is transmitted by mosquitos. Unfortunately malaria is still with us today, which is why a percentage of the profits of this gin go to Malaria No More UK (at least £5), which is enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net to a family living at risk from malaria in Africa.
1897 Quinine Gin includes a range of botanicals - juniper, coriander, angelica, nutmeg, cassia, cinnamon, orris, liquorice, pink and white grapefruit, orange and lemon peels. The unique ingredient however is cinchona bark, that magical bark that was once used to treat fever and which gave birth to the quinine tonic we so love to have with our gin. In essence this is the history of gin in a bottle. This bounty of ingredients is distilled to strong 45.8%. The bottle itself looks solid and robust, with an intricate art-nouveau like label, which makes it stand out from the crowd.
Whilst I’m sure we can all agree, a gin that contributes to the prevention of malaria is a noble cause indeed, but how’s the gin itself?
Fox's tasting Notes
Like a warm night on safari you’re hit with sweet earthy notes that cloud your head with pleasant warmth.
1897 Tasting Notes
Nose: Clean and citrusy, leading into more earth notes
Taste: The floral quinine brings a classic bitterness, which warms into a spicy/sweet heat
Finish: Warm and woody, with a flash of grapefruit.
Average Price: £39.95
In conclusion this is a rather tasty bitter-sweet gin and well worth a try. If the quality of the gin alone wasn't enough you are also making a small donating to a charity that will try and make the world a slightly better place for someone. Drink gin and help the world - a motto I could live by.