As you well know, I am a gin lover. A huge gin lover, in fact. But a gin expert, I am not. The knowledge I have on the subject is drawn simply from my life mission to single handedly drink my way through every gin I can and is in no way based on any certified knowledge whatsoever. Which means that many of the gins I have tried have ended up in my glass for one reason, and one reason only – they came in a pretty bottle! Don’t pretend you haven’t done it too!
Well, I’m 99% certain that is also how I came to unwrap this from my parents on my birthday one year:
My love of gin was in it’s fledgeling stages back then so I didn’t yet have a ‘favourite’ they could fall back on, so when my Mum saw the adorable 50’s pin up on the front she knew this was one I’d love to have in my collection, and she wasn’t wrong! I ADORED the kitsch design, and it took pride of place on my then rather limited gin shelf. I’m ashamed to say though, it stayed there, unopened, for an age, and I’m not sure I could tell you why!
I righted that wrong earlier this year, thankfully, so now the least I can do is tell you all about it so that you don’t make the same mistake and miss out!
The Expert’s Description…
“Little Bird’s seductive pink-grapefruit nose is matched perfectly by fresh juniper and dazzling citrus on the first sip. A lively tang on the tongue, gives way to luscious, velvety orange peel with a subtle underlying sweetness and a zesty finish.”
The Layman’s Description…
They aren’t kidding about all those citrus flavours! Little Bird is a delightfully light and refreshing gin, with all those orangey, grapefruity flavours easily identifiable in the first sip. There is also a lovely warm finish provided by the ginger (also the namesake of the lady on the bottle, in case you were wondering!) which makes it an altogether rather delicious experience. It’s sweeter than a lot of classic gins, which may put off some traditionalists who are looking for that heavy juniper taste, but for me, it’s just perfect. It’s a very easy drinking gin, so would be ideal for those just starting to enjoy the good stuff!
How to drink it…
Little Bird’s perfect serve is a little different to those I’ve featured before, so you’ll need to make a little more effort than usual to achieve the ultimate Little Bird & Tonic, but after giving it a go I can promise you it’s effort that won’t be wasted or regretted, as their choices play perfectly to those citrussy strengths. Little Bird recommend you serve over plenty of ice with a wheel of pink grapefruit and a splash of Mediterranean tonic to compliment it’s zesty flavours, and I have to say, it’s a winner in my book. Tangy and subtly sweet – what’s not to love?? Those lovely sweet flavours also scream out to be matched into a fruity cocktail, and there are some delicious sounding recipes over on their website if you fancy giving some a try – I know I will be!!