What Tonic with Bathtub Gin Review

By Grover Koelpin No comments

– Hello, tube fans! Welcome back to another video. This one is all about
Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin. If you’re looking at this thinking, “What the hell is that
little bottle all about?” Then the last video I did and I published will explain all that. It’s basically, because of these guys, Drinks by the Dram, I’ve been able to find little 30ml bottles, now samples, because it is very expensive doing this. You know, if I’m doing
two, three videos a week, that’s nearly 100, if not
120 quids worth of gin that I’ve got to buy a week. That’s 400 quid a month on gin. Quite a nice habit. But, so I found a way
of making this cheaper, make it been able for me to get a load of different gins that I never would have been able to possibly sort of afford and do this in the meantime. So, I’ve got 15, 15 different
gins ready to rock and roll. The first one is bathtub gin, so that is what that is all about. If you do want to find out that, then check out my last
video that I did that. Or stblive.uk/dram, that’ll sort of take you to where I buy these from as well. Right, Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin. What I’ll do now as well,
I’ll also screen grab, and I’ll put a picture of the actual bath, the proper bottle on there, so you should be seeing that right now. That’s the gin that I’m reviewing. Nice kind of brown paper. That’s their branding. That’s what they all do. So, if you like the sound of that, if you hate, love the
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hit that bell notification. Anyway, bathtub gin. Question of the video, have
you ever tried bathtub gin? Simple yes or no in the comments below. That’s what I really want to know. And the reason why I want to know that is because I’ve seen this about for years. I have tried it, once. Buying a bottle, I’ve completely
and utterly avoided it. I have no idea why, really. I’ve got a slight idea,
which I’ll come onto. But no real genuine idea
why I’ve never used it in my business, bought
it for events, no idea. I might do it after this,
because it’s quite a nice gin. But anyway, we’ll get into it. So, I wanna know whether you tried it. Yes or no in the comments. Right, Ableforth’s gin. Ableforth’s, a brand, has been around, I think, since about 2012. The first product I noticed
from the Ableforth’s kind of staple, and parent company, which is all new to me
as well, Atom Supplies, which nicely ties into Drinks by the Dram, because they own that as well. They own Master of Malt,
where one of my online wholesalers, where I get
a lot of my booze from. And they own That Boutique-y
Gin, That Boutique-y Whisky, That Boutique-y Rum Company as well. Little parent company, never ever knew. So, I found that out in the
research for this video, completely bizarrely threw me. So… I’ve lost my train of thought now. Where are we going? So, (laughter) let me just
crack on and tell you about it. The reason, possibly, why I’ve not really paid attention to it, is because it is made by a process of cold compounding. Now, cold compounding in gins, kind of is how the old sort of supermarket gins and really rubbish gins
were made, 80s, 90s. Basically, what they do is they take, they buy in their neutral spirit, and then they kind of just, big tub. They’re IBC containers,
but big effects for ya, big plastic tub, and they throw
all the botanicals in there, and they just leave it to kind of infuse over a set amount of time. Whether that’s a day. Whether that’s a week,
that’ll be down to them. That process has muchly died out, because it is now far cheaper, and get a by far better
results by actually distilling. Obviously, if you cold compound, then you don’t really need
a distiller’s licence. You just need a, I think
it’s a compound licence that you need, but much
easier to get a hold of than a distiller’s licence. So, that’s why a lot
of these places did it. As I’ve said, that’s muchly died out. However, bathtub gin is the
process is of cold compounding. Now, they invented
this, they created this, I think this gin actually
came out about 2014 time. To kind of pay homage to
the bathtub gins of old. So, going back to mid 1700s, you know. I’ve got my story of bathtub gins. I’ve read four or five different versions, so there’s no actual defining of what bathtub gin was back in those days. But, as I can only assume, it was that whole cold
compounding process. You know, bathtubs, copper
baths, whatever they’ve got, and they throw the botanicals
in there with your spirit. That’s what I’m guessing. That’s what the homage comes from. Anyway, this shouldn’t
be, shouldn’t be avoided, because it is actually a
really, really good quality gin. So, basically, how they produce it, reading between the
lines in their website, they buy in a neutral
gin, not a neutral spirit, I think they buy in a neutral gin. Shoot me if I’m wrong, I apologise. Correct me if I’m wrong, Ableforth’s. But I think they buy in a neutral gin. They stick it in these big
plastic IBC containers, 100 litre containers, and then they add their botanicals to give it
their distinct flavouring. Now, the website, as I’ve said, reading between the lines,
they say, they cleverly don’t use the word distil,
but they do something, and then they say they add
another six botanicals. The six botanicals that we
know definitely goes in there. We got juniper, coriander, orange peel, cassia bark, cloves and cardamom. And the big two flavours you get off this, definitely the orange,
definitely 100 percent. I love this, because of the orange. And for me, you get a little bit of heat. Not too much juniper,
a tiny bit of juniper. But I actually get the cardamom
coming off there as well. And that sort of orange cardamom. Now, the thing for me, because
you don’t get the juniper, if you actually gave that, if I was, if I’d actually
had another drink, and my palette wasn’t completely clean, if you actually gave that to me as an orange flavoured vodka, I would agree with you first off. It wouldn’t be till I properly smell it, and get in there, and taste it properly, that I would say, actually, I can get a bit of juniper in there. Interesting, I’ve just done that. I’ve just got a bit of pine
coming off there as well. It’s quite interesting. Hmm, pine trees. But so, it’s a lovely, lovely gin. It’s quite, it’s very
smooth, in my opinion. When it goes down, there’s
no kind of (grunts). There’s definitely no
kind of bite or anything. It’s just a lovely, smooth gin. And interesting, when I read the reviews on Master of Malt and people’s
reviews going down there, there weren’t too many bad comments. There was a lot of four stars, a lot of five stars, the odd three stars. Not many three stars. But then it went to, you could tell that the real gin buffs are there, because it was a few one stars. (grumbling) going on about this. But in a whole, it’s got a
lot of five star reviews. And I think, Am I gonna to you this is
the best gin out there? No, for me it’s not the best
gin out there, by a long shot. If I had a collection of 25 gins that I had to keep all the
time, would I have this? Yes, I would definitely have
this in my collection of 25, because I think it just
offers something different. It’s a really kind of
lovely way to drink gin. Now, interestingly, when I
tried this with tonic waters, I did get a second bottle of this, it’s down here, second bottle. I tried this with tonic waters, I actually found, the two that I found worked the best for me,
was Tesco’s tonic water. I always get them in cans now. I don’t get the litre bottle. I use cans, they keep the fizz longer. And Fever-tree Mediterranean. I think, for me, I would’ve
gone Mediterranean with that. I think that is probably
the best way to drink it, but I think if you want
it plain, a gin and tonic, I think the Tesco’s, because
of the flavour in it, was hands down better than Fever-Tree, hands down better than Schweppes 1783. Schweppes, normal
Schweppes, was really nice. Franklin & Sons one’s very nice. But I really like the Tesco’s
tonic water with that. I think that worked exceptionally well. So, if you want to buy it, Master of Malt is obviously the best place to go. I do believe this is actually
out now in supermarkets. I think I’ve seen it in supermarkets, but it’s anywhere between
25, 28 pounds a bottle. I will drink a link in there for you, so they can get it from Master of Malt. But that has been bathtub gin. I hope you really enjoyed that. In the next video, I
think I’m gonna ruck out That Boutique-y Gin
Company Green Citrus Gin. That’s what I think is gonna come next. I’ll catch you really soon.

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