2015 was the year I first tried Pinkster Gin — interestingly, at a wine tasting.
My friend and I had two samples each, neat.
Neither of us has forgotten the subtle yet distinctive flavour resulting from a marriage of raspberry with juniper.
As the label says, Pinkster is an ‘agreeably British gin’. It makes a perfect holiday or host(ess) Gift.
Pinkster’s founder, Stephen Marsh, says that his doctor advised him to give up drinking wine and beer as they no longer agreed with him. After two years, his doctor said he could have vodka or gin only. Any self-respecting Englishman prefers gin.
Stephen Marsh tells his story and that of Pinkster in this video:
Marsh, who was a keen maker of liqueurs at home, wanted to create a gin that would go well with food. As juniper is the dominant aromatic in gin, it has to be tamed for it to accompany anything other than game. He began experimenting with fruit. The Pinkster website has more about his final choice of raspberry:
A keen maker of sloe liqueurs and other concoctions, he turned his attention to gin and started experimenting at home, mashing assorted fruits with different spirit strengths.
He wasn’t intentionally creating a pink drink, it’s just that after working his way through an entire fruit bowl, raspberry delivered the best flavour.
With the recipe developed, pals started encouraging him to go commercial.
The rest is history. Marsh, a former accountant working in London, was able to now make raspberry gin on a large scale:
G&J, one of the country’s oldest distillers, was recruited to the cause. They produce the core spirit with five botanicals to our original recipe.
We then macerate with a further three botanicals, including fresh, plump raspberries grown nearby our rural base outside Cambridge.
Marsh is still involved on a day-to-day basis:
Stephen still personally oversees the production, ensuring consistency from batch to batch of fresh fruit.
Ironically, being told to quit wine was the best advice he’s ever received.
I did not know about his health condition or that Pinkster goes well with food. It makes a cracking good gin and tonic.
Pinkster also has some splendid personalities when they appear at tasting venues. My friend and I will long remember the chap who poured us our samples that evening in 2015: traditionally jovial, he had us in stitches.
Pinkster’s marketing is also splendid, the best in the UK gin world to my mind. Have a look at a few of their tweets:
Here is the scene of a recent tasting:
Pinkster makes a delightful gift all year around, but especially at Christmas:
Visit the Pinkster online shop for more gift ideas, including Christmas crackers, all beautifully packaged.