I love honey, I put it in nearly everything from pasta sauces and stews to cups of tea and cookies. I think it’s such a versatile ingredient and typically it works a treat.
So when I heard from Hitchin Honey about their honey gins and rums? I was thrilled.
I love spiced rums so with the addition of honey? It seemed like the perfect match.
From the brand Cardona & Son Spirit Co, by beekeeper Andre Cardona, the alcohol gives back to the community with a percentage of the profits are used to support local biodiversity projects, as well as continuing to build new hives.
Hitchin Honey Spiced Rum
On smelling the rum, I was impressed – there was a strong smell of honey that I hoped would carry through.
But as I’m not partial to drinking rum straight, I tried mixing it and found that the honey vanished.
It tasted like rum, but I didn’t get any of the honey notes that I was looking forward to.
At £37.50 for the bottle, I thought it was a bit steep for what you’re getting. It is nice, it’s just not the nicest on the market at that price point.
I probably wouldn’t get this again personally, but I think it’s perfect for showing off your wide collection when you have friends around.
Hitchin Honey Gin
Zosia Eyres, a content editor at BristolLive tried the gin although was little surprised by the price point for the product.
She said: “As a gin fan with a sweet tooth, I was very excited about the prospect of a honey gin.
“The spirit is made up of London Dry gin, with a note of fresh Cardona raw honey alongside candied liquorice and classic notes of juniper.
“When I tried it, I have to be honest, I didn’t get an immediate hit of honey. Instead, the honey mellowed out the classic dry, botanical flavour of a normal G&T.
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“So while I would say the sweet flavour isn’t particularly powerful, it would be a good choice for people who find the taste of a normal G&T a bit too strong.
“What I find challenging is the price, at £37.50 for 70cl, it’s not cheap. But it is for a good cause; the makers are passionate about protecting our honey bees, and a percentage of the profits are used to fund a variety of local biodiversity projects. So maybe one to give as a special present then, rather than just a bottle to keep in the cupboard for an after-work tipple.”