The little bottle of Oliver Cromwell 1599 Gin that I had the pleasure of tasting was again thanks to the kindness of the kind gin-loving compatriots over at Summer Fruit Cup.
Recognized time and time again, Oliver Cromwell 1599 Gin is an example of how a good price and a product which pulls-no-surprises can beat some of the world’s most notable gins.
Aldi is a classic example of a juniper forward classic style gin. It may be classic to a fault, as it is a one note performance. I think there might be some coriander, as there were hints of an underlying spiciness to it. But really, let’s be honest- unless you’re drinking it straight you probably won’t be detecting anything but the juniper.
As for drinking it straight, I’m not sure I can recommend that whole-heartedly. Its a little rough, it lacks the smoothness that I’d expect from a gin which I would work well in a Churchill or similar strength martini.
What it is, and what it excels at is being an inexpensive mixer that brings classic juniper weight to the table but little else. Drop it in any cocktail, and it will do- it will be (for better or worse) undeniably gin.
A juniper heavy gin that does a lot of things that gin is supposed to do very well. But it comes short in some key areas such as depth, smoothness and balance. That being said, I would not hesitate to buy it for a party.