Gin Reviews

Archangel Gin | The Heavenly Spirit

‘Ora et labora’, work and prayer. A way of life people have followed for centuries and a tradition Peter Allingham and Jude de Souza of Archangel Distilleries are preserving in the depths of Norfolk.

The Gindependant is a massive advocate of local products and it’s always a treat to try a gin made so close to home. Archangel gin is produced entirely in Norfolk; using locally grown juniper, verbena, wheat and rye. Then finished with water from the holy village of Walsingham.

IMG_20180318_134424_140.jpgThe gin is very full bodied with a strong zesty orange and juniper base followed by hints of local botanicals including sea buckthorn.

It has a uniquely smooth taste that isn’t inhibited when mixed with tonics and shines through even when served with bitter lemon.

Recommended straight from the freezer with plenty of ice and orange peel, this heavenly gin is well worth the pilgrimage to the drinks cabinet!

The Gindependant Notes:  Something different with very strong, unique taste. Tried with Indian tonic and frozen orange slices, enjoyed but possibly too citrus for my tastes. Also tried with old lady bitter lemon, which I preferred.

The Facts
Gin: Archangel
ABV: 45% Distillery: Archangel Distilleries Ltd, Norfolk, UK
Available from: Archangel Distilleries
Price Range: £35.95 (70cl)


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Black Shuck | Norfolk’s Legendary Spirit

In a town in the east
The parishioners were visited upon
By a curious beast…

The legend of Black Shuck is notorious throughout East Anglia.

The shaggy beast with one fiery red eye is synonymous the the harbinger of doom. Prowling the coastline and stalking the country lanes of Norfolk and Suffolk, whomever glances upon him is likely to befall a terrible fate.

To quote The Darkness, ‘That dog don’t give a f…..’

But don’t let that put you off trying this ghostly spirit from the Norfolk Sloe Company!

Launched in 2015, Black Shuck gin is distilled with the traditional botanicals juniper, coriander and orange peel, also encompassing Sea Buckthorn and Lavender from Black Shuck’s Norfolk Coast.

Recommended to be served in an ice filled Copa glass with a twist of fresh orange zest and premium tonic, Black Shuck is a lively gin with a bold juniper taste and citrus after notes.

This gin comes highly recommended and it certainly has the seal of approval from The Gindependants very own Black Shuck…..


Mr Postle’s Gin Club

This week Mr Postle’s Apothecary, in the fine city of Norwich, launched their Wednesday night Gin Club.

Showcasing a collection of over 50 gins from around the world and knowledgeable bar wenches it’s the perfect setting for a midweek tipple.

And, if you need any further convincing to venture out on a school night, all premium gin and Fevertree tonics are 2 for 1 every Wednesday!

I was tempted by Jawbox, and in the spirit of the apothecary,  Copperhead Gin – named after Mr. Copperhead, an alchemist who while searching for the elixir of life created this invigorating gin!

With ginfused canapes and live music,  surrounded by twinkling lights and a view of Norwich cathedral, it was a charming evening – and I’m sure we will return soon!