After the absolute disaster that I had last week I’m finally back with a new blog post! If you’re reading this thinking “but Faye, I have no clue what disaster you’re on about!” here’s the low-down. This time last week my laptop decided to give up right in the middle of the most important few weeks of my degree. Far from ideal, I know. Luckily I’d backed up all of my important files for uni (seriously BACK UP YOUR FILES) so it could’ve been a lot worse. I’d originally planned to buy myself a new laptop once I’d finished university next month but, given the circumstances, had to push it forward a month so I could actually do my uni work!
So I ordered it in, waited a few days for it to arrive and finally picked it up. The whole process took about a week which, when you’ve got university deadlines, felt like an age. It was the most stressful few days but I’m so glad to have it all sorted now. And, with a new laptop comes a new blog post apparently!
You might have seen my A Weekend of Whiskey Drinking post already on the blog. If not, the post was a little review about a whiskey subscription box by The Dram Team. This weeks post is keeping with the theme of spirits but taking a slightly different route. I’m all about the gin for this one. Specifically, Ellis Gin.
*I was kindly sent gin samples by Ellis Gin. All opinions in this post are my own. To read more about my policy for brand collaborations please feel free to check out my disclaimer.
A Bit About Ellis Gin
Based in Glasgow, Ellis Gin is a small batch gin that is mixed with botanicals and macerated to produce two flavours. A standout feature of their gins, has to be their gorgeous colours! In the sample jars they are a pale pink and a vibrant blue colour – definitely something different to your average gin! However, when I added tonic to the first of the two, it turned into a stunning shade of lilac, the second a lighter pink/orange shade.
The changing colours really add a bit of glamour and excitement to your drinks. I can definitely see them being a great drink for a girls night!
When it came to the flavours of the two gins there was a clear difference between the two. The first was the pink Bramble Gin (Ellis Gin No.2) which was the lighter of the two. Slightly fruity in flavour, this was a gin that I could see everyone enjoying. If you’re a fan of a flavoured gin rather than a classic taste then this one is for you. However, even if you’re like me and prefer a stronger flavour, you can always build it up and opt for a double shot rather than a single.
The second was the Butterfly Pea flavour (Ellis Gin No.3). As I was testing it with my mum, we both agreed that this one had a botanical flavour. After reading the labels afterwards we found that we were right! This flavour was slightly stronger than the Bramble so was more up our street. What can I say, I love a strong drink! I’d say this one is more for those of you that already drink gin and are keen to try out some new flavours. That’s not to say that first time gin drinkers wouldn’t enjoy it. I just feel as though it might divide opinions so the Bramble would be a better first gin experience.
In addition to their two gins I also tried out their Gin & Mix cocktail. The cocktail mixed together orange, grapefruit and lemon juice with Ellis Gin for a summery flavour. This cocktail would make for such a lovely long afternoon drink in the sunny weather. The mix of orange, grapefruit and lemon gives the drink a lovely sweet flavour so you could definitely drink it all afternoon.
My favourite aspect of Ellis Gin was the fact that they were so light and fragrant. This meant that you could choose how strong or light you wanted your G&T to be. Whether you’re in the mood for a chilled afternoon or a stronger evening drink, you can definitely get both from Ellis Gin.
What are some of your favourites? Are you a gin drinker or not? If you’re looking to give it a go then I’d definitely recommend theirs as it has such a light and fresh flavour so it won’t overpower any of you who are first time gin drinkers.
Read next: A Weekend of Whiskey Drinking.