To celebrate the upcoming opening of another Norwich Adnams store and their new feature that shoppers will be able to…MAKE THEIR OWN GIN (!!!), I’ve decided to take a look at the gins of the area.
It wasn’t until recently I discovered that Norwich and the surrounding county of Norfolk actually specialised in and produced it’s own gins.
I’ve only just started to take a liking to the alcoholic spirit – my ability to drink glasses of the stuff and still be left (relatively) hangover free is something I welcomed during my final months at university.
I thought I knew all the foods and icons of Norwich, but again the fine city has surprised me. On a recent trip to Jarrold I realised just how many of their gins were produced here.
So, without further ado, here are some of the gins of Norfolk:
- St. Giles – the newest gin on the list, the name refers to a street in the famous lanes of Norwich. It’s a sipping gin that is described as fruity and floral.
- Bullard’s Norwich Dry Gin – perhaps the most well known gin of the area. Bullard’s is the oldest and produced in Norwich’s The Ten Bells pub.
- Adnams Copper House Dry Gin – this gin was actually voted the World’s Best Gin at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2013. It’s very popular and sure to be a bestseller at their new store.
- Black Shuck Gin – a legendary gin with a distinctive taste, containing Norfolk’s own lavender and Sea Buckthorn. Interesting!
- Norfolk Gin – simply named with a refreshing taste. Personally my favorite bottle of the lot as it’s so unusual.
A lot of these are unfortunately a bit past my price-range compared to the Gordon’s or Greenall’s I’m used to purchasing.
However, I’m hoping to treat myself this festive season as I spend my first Christmas Day in the city of Norwich!