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.
5 thoughts on “Edgerton Pink”
You say the amount you were given was not enough to do your job right you are right. Edgerton gin makes a great gin and tonic and it makes one of the best martinies I find the sweet orange botanical and Pomegranate particularly wonderful on the nose along with some nice, soft rootsy characters; and on the palate sweet orange with hints of rose, followed by a dryer refreshing finish.
Charles, Thanks for the comment. We might just have to agree to disagree. I’m willing to entertain it again if I’m able to secure more, but sadly I’m not sure out tastes align on this one. But I appreciate hearing from folks who disagree. Cheers, and keep enjoying gin.
We are disappointed to hear you didn’t like our Gin – To be honest we are surprised as most other people use the words “easy” and “smooth” to describe our gin on most occasions.
We have just won a Master Award in Contemporary Gin and also a Silver Medal in Premium Gins, being featured in Harrods and Harvey Nichols with an exceptional response, so we are a little offended that you have given us 1.5 stars! 🙂
We do like to see other peoples opinions and maybe on a second try you may come to like us!
– London Distillers, home of Edgerton’s Pink Gin
I believe it was the 43% that won the Spirits Business Contemporary Gin Master, not the 47% tasted here. I think the new lower proof is a better product.
It really would be great if we can send in some more stock to be re-reviewed, since we took over we have improved the formula and we are very popular in the UK.
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