Thomas Dakin Gin Review

By Adam Friday 5th May, 2017

Regular readers of the bar section will know that gin is a firm favourite at Dapper Chapper and if its increasing popularity is anything to go by the same can be said for most of you.

Chaps, we give you the award-winning London gin, Thomas Dakin.

Thomas Dakin Gin is a classic style Dry Gin and takes its name from the forefather of English gin, Thomas Dakin. For those of you who haven’t heard of him (I can admit that I had not either) Thomas Dakin was a pioneer who started distilling when he was only 25 and he created the world’s first quality gin in 1761 here in England.

Thomas Dakin Gin is currently distilled at the world’s oldest gin distillers in Warrington, Cheshire.  Created in a small-scale pot still, it contains 11 botanicals, including juniperorange peel, English coriander and horseradish. Yup, horseradish!

The garnish suggested for your Thomas Dakin G&T is flat-leaf coriander and orange peel, not a combination we had come across before but perfectly complements the flavours of the gin.

I think what I liked most is that in a pretty crowded market they’ve got something unique. Coriander and horseradish is not a combination I’d think of but in this instance it works.

Try this:

Tom & Tonic

  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 125ml good quality tonic water
  • Orange peel and optional sprig of fresh Coriander
  • Pour the gin over a full glass of ice and pour over the tonic water.
  • Twist a 5 cm strip of the orange peel onto the top and, if desired, garnish with a sprig of coriander.

This quintessentially English gin would look great on any bar and we highly recommend you to add it to your collection.

Thomas Dakin Gin is available in Waitrose and Harvey Nichols stores nationwide and 31dover.com online.