Timed to perfection with today being the longest day of the year, enjoy a Mermaid Pink Gin this evening as the sun sets on the Summer Solstice. From the fab people at Isle of Wight Distillery and of Mermaid Gin fame, the gin is presented in the same, strikingly sculpted, bottle as Mermaid. Decorated in shades of pink, including the appropriately named ‘Living Coral’, 2019’s Colour of the Year, the bottle is again 100% plastic-free, with a wood-topped cork and, now, a unique plant-based tamper-proof seal.
Distilled using strawberries from the micro-climate of the Island’s Arreton Valley – a rich and fertile valley that receives some of the best sunshine levels in the UK – the gin itself also has a gentle pink hue. The strawberries are steeped in the distillery’s signature smooth, yet complex gin for four days. Then, half is removed to be distilled and eventually added back to the remaining infusion – lending the gin a refreshing and intensely aromatic, strawberry flavour. As with the original gin, there remains a fragrant hint of the locally foraged rock samphire, the freshness of lemon zest and pepperiness from grains of paradise. With no added sugar, the gin is substantially less sweet than many others on the market.
Mermaid Pink Gin is available to purchase at The Isle of Wight Distillery shop and from isleofwightdistillery.com