Alcohol free spirit with all the flavour of a great gin? Sounds almost too good to be true right? But Sea Arch have proved that it’s completely possible. I tested out the Sea Arch Coastal Juniper spirit, which is their alcohol free ‘gin’, and have shared my thoughts on the drink. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative to your favourite gin, this could be it. This post contains an item that was gifted to me (marked with an asterisk) as well as affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
Sea Arch: About The Brand
Based in Devon, Sea Arch is a non-alcoholic distilled spirit brand which was founded by Sarah and Geoff Yates. Their idea for Sea Arch first came about whilst they were running their own wine bar in Devon. They wanted to create a drink that was full of flavour and sophistication but sans alcohol. So, they experimented with a few ideas in their own home and from it all came Sea Arch. Inspired by the Devonshire coast and crafted using traditional distillation methods, Sea Arch Coastal Juniper can be described as a non-alcoholic gin alternative. The spirit is made using natural botanicals including sea kelp, samphire, cardamon and blood orange. It’s completely sugar and calorie-free but full of delicious coastal flavours.
Sea Arch Coastal Juniper: Review
Okay so let’s kick off the review with the scent. It’s just completely seaside-in-a-bottle. Definitely a smell that I welcomed with open arms as I can’t see myself heading to seaside anytime soon! Aside from the sea, it’s a super light and refreshing scent that has an instant calming effect. I don’t know about you, but whenever I smell the sea I feel instantly relaxed and that’s just the feeling I got from Sea Arch.
Now the most important bit…how did it taste? Whenever I try a new spirit I like to try it both by itself and then with a mixer. So I started my tasting with a little sip of Sea Arch without any mixer. By itself the coastal flavours are all there but it definitely is not at its best. Bear in mind though that it isn’t designed to be served neat, it’s supposed to be mixed or served as part of a cocktail. I was getting the seaside flavours that the scent was suggesting would come through but, as I’ve found is a theme with most alcohol-free drinks, it has a watered-down flavour when you try it by itself.
But don’t worry, the watered-down flavour is non-existent when you mix it with a classic tonic. Of course, me being me, I served my “Sea & T” with a Fever Tree tonic. 50ml Sea Arch Coastal Juniper and 150ml Fever Tree tonic is the PERFECT blend. The mix makes for a lovely, light and refreshing drink with all of the coastal flavours I was hoping for. Sea kelp was the strongest flavour that I was getting but I found that overall it was super light and definitely had that ‘gin flavour’ to it. Which will’ve come from the juniper blend and the fact that it’s a distilled spirit.
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Overall I have to say I was seriously impressed with just how much Sea Arch tasted like a real gin. As a mid-week alcohol-free treat you really can’t get much better! Now for my next mission: seeing how it stacks up when it’s used in a cocktail. Watch this space. Have you tried Sea Arch before, or any other alcohol free gin options? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments! Looking for more non-alcoholic drinks to try? Head on over to the non-alcoholic section of my Shop the Bar page.
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