Colors sometimes carry preconceived notions with them. With something brown, you might expect something to taste complex and harsh. But with Pink? I know that I expected Edgerton Original Pink Dry Gin to taste “easy,” “smooth,” and a bit “fruity.” Boy was I wrong. One out of Three isn’t bad, right? Not every guess can meet the Meat Loaf Standard.
The first thing you notice when taking a sniff of Edgerton Pink Gin is that it smells of sweet fruit, largely owing to the Pomegranate added post-distillation. The scent lures you in. Sweet, appetizing. So you go in for a taste.
The Taste is harsh. A pop of tart sweetness immediately dissipates in a sharp burst of heat. The tartness is overwhelming. Lots of sourness, and not a lot of complexity. I can pick up some notes of juniper on the middle of my tongue. There’s a slight pause between the initial burst of heat and the lingering sour finish. I’m not sure the window in the middle is big enough to really reveal the depth and range of botanicals in here.
The heat largely owes to the proof. At 47% its a bit stronger than most gins. But I’d say that it tastes even stronger than that.
Neat, there’s no balance. Edgerton Pink’s real use is revealed in a gin and tonic. The sourness is balanced by the sweetness and bitterness of the tonic. In anything else though, the specific sourness doesn’t really work well. It seems to me that Edgerton Pink is a novelty with a single use. Sure, it does that one job well. The Gin and Tonic is memorable, has a nice color, and might actually carry enough of the fruit flavor to convert non-gin drinkers. But in anything else: Aviation, Martini, Negroni (I tried mini cocktails) it just doesn’t work. Its too overwhelming.
Price: 40 € / 700 mL
Origin: [flag code=”GB” size=”16″ text=”no”] United Kingdom
Best consumed: Gin and Tonic
Rating: It makes one rather remarkable cocktail, and is rather disappointing in all other respects. Lacks balance and depth.
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Thanks to David over at Summer Fruit Cup for helping make this tasting possible. Because the bottles are small sample bottles, this review is not as thorough as my normal gin reviews. There’s only enough for some tasting neat and no more than one normal-sized cocktail. Although I do my best to give as full of a review as possible, complete with ratings, the tasting is not as complete as I would normally want to do.