Hayman's London Dry Gin - 70cl - 40% ABV
Hayman's Distillery has recently relocated back to its original home, London, and has landed in the capital with a bang, launching a campaign to protect the integrity of gin by ensuring that juniper remains the dominant force. They want you to stick to the good stuff and avoid the glitter. Who can blame them?
Their entire range is as classic as they come, but that doesn't mean they're ever boring. Yes, it's Gin as Gin should be, but each carries their own stamp and accent, and each is the perfect example of what the subcategory should be, from their London Dry to their Old Tom to their Navy Strength.
Hayman's London Dry Gin is distilled to an old family recipe, using a blend of 10 very traditional botanicals. As such, it is truly classic to taste – an exemplary gin. Orris root, cinnamon, cassia and nutmeg work hard to hold the gin's base while bring lemon and orange peel rush upfront. There's a bold juniper heartbeat running throughout, meaning that taking a sip of this is akin to meeting up with an old friend. It's a Gin Kiosk cupboard staple.
To serve: Go classic – Indian tonic, lemon wheel.