Craft Gin Club Subscription Box Review | August 2020

Craft Gin Club Box - August 2020

I’ll be honest, August’s craft gin subscription box has been somewhat overshadowed this month. Not surprisingly, the whole buying a house thing impacted my focus on what the August box had to offer, but that’s weird in a way, especially considering that in the week running up to the move I was essentially 90% gin.

Anyway, I digress. August’s Craft Gin Club offering was inspired by the Highlands, with a refreshing citrus gin that featured the flavours of the beaches in Northern Scotland. Here’s my take on the August gin club delivery!

Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate for Craft Gin Club, and have not been compensated in any way for this post. My gin subscription is ordered and paid for out of my own money and all opinions are my own.

What’s in the Box?

Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Edition Gin

Lovely Drinks Indian Tonic Water

Thai Sweet Chilli Kettle Chips

DASH Water Blackcurrant

Copperpot Caramel and Sea Salt Fudge

Thatchers Cloudy Lemon Cider

Serious Pig Crunchy Snacking Cheese with Rosemary

Breckland Orchard Elderflower Posh Pop

Highland Sling cocktail syrup

Dried grapefruit and goji berries to garnish

Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Edition Gin

August’s gin of the month was inspired by the beaches of Northern Scotland and was packed with refreshing citrus notes, along with additional notes of Juniper, cinnamon, orange peel, water mint,and lemon verbena. If you’re a fan of citrus flavours, the Rock Rose Citrus Gin is for you. It combines coastal flavours of liquorice salt, lemon verbena and water mint to create a soft and refreshing finish that conjures memories of the Scottish coastline. I loved this gin – personally, anything that’s heavy on then citrus notes is a winner in my book, as it’s refreshing, light and clean. 

Lovely Drinks Indian Tonic Water

The Lovely Drinks Tonic Water was packed full of zesty lime flavours, making it pair perfectly with the Rock Rose Gin. It was light, fresh and any flavours that were there were nice and subtle, so it wasn’t too overpowering. I normally find flavoured tonics are quite hit and miss – they’re either lovely or vile, and this was – not surprisingly – on the lovely side. The flavour was prominent enough to get the hints of what was on offer, but not so strong as to be overpowering. I’d definitely consider getting this again in the future!

Breckland Orchard Elderflower Posh Pop

For me, elderflower has always been a bit hit and miss, but the Breckland Orchard Posh Pop was certainly a winner. The flavour was wonderfully floral and fresh but without being too overpowering and was lovely and light. The Breckland Orchard range also has a number of different flavours including strawberry and rhubarb and plum and cherry, both of which I’d love to try at some point in the future!

DASH Water: Blackcurrant

I love flavoured water, so I had high hopes for this one, and the brand themselves make use of wonky fruit and veg in their flavours to help reduce food waste. This was a sparkling water and it was really refreshing and made a nice change to the usual fizzy drinks – surprisingly, I actually had this without any gin, which I regret, as I’ve seen many CGC members saying it’s lovely with this month’s gin!

Thatchers Cloudy Lemon Cider

I quite like a flavoured cider (the great Strongbow incident of 2009 involving 17 year old me in a strop with my boyfriend, 5 cans of the stuff and my friend’s staircase means that I don’t tend to go near the basic stuff anymore), but I’m not too sure if this one will be too close to a standard cider. I haven’t actually tried it yet, as I feel cider is a drink for when the sun’s out, and not surprisingly, we’d had bugger all here the last few weeks. However, it still remains in my fridge and I intend to try it eventually. It promises a combination of sweet dessert apple and zesty lemon flavours, and has also been said in the CGC magazine that it pairs well with a citrusy based gin – on paper, it definitely sounds like my thing, so we’ll see.

Snacks

There was quite a mixture of snacks this month, with a combination of both sweet and savoury on offer. Unfortunately the Serious Pig Snacking Cheese went straight in the bin given that both Liam and I hate cheese (please don’t unfollow me – all of my friends already think I’m a wrong’un). However, all was forgiven because this box included fudge. Not just any fudge – salted caramel fudge. Salted caramel is one of my favourite flavours and I just LOVE fudge. The Copperpot Caramel and Seasalt Fudge was just gorgeous – proper melt in your mouth stuff – and to be honest I had to stop myself from demolishing the entire bag in one sitting. The other snack offering was a bag of Thai Sweet Chilli Kettle Chips – while I haven’t eaten them yet, I’ve had them before and they’re really good. They’re not overly spicy but they still have a bit of a kick to them! Let’s be honest, Kettle Chips can’t do wrong with their crisps. 

The Cocktail: Highland Sling

The Highland Sling cocktail was inspired by the Scottish roots of the Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Gin and featured a lovely blend of citrus and wild berry flavours. It combined the Breckland Orchard Elderflower Posh Pop with a touch of lemon juice and the Highland Sling syrup (as well as the gin of course) and the result was gorgeous. The berries gave it a really summery, rich flavour and the citrus flavour from the lemon juice and the Rock Rose Gin really brought it all together, while the elderflower Posh Pop helped keep it nice and light – definitely one of my favourite cocktails so far!

Tilly & August Gin
BTS: Tilly was right next to me inspecting this month’s offerings!

Final Thoughts

I was really happy with August’s box, and the gin especially was lovely. The members’ store currently has a few different varieties of Rock Rose Gin, so I’d be interested in giving them a try at some point! I also really liked this month’s cocktail too, which, if you’ve been reading my last few box reviews, have all been a little hit and miss! In terms of the other offerings in the box, the drinks and snack selection was overall pretty good. Everything was something I’d willingly try – despite the cheese – and the tonic selection paired really well with the gin. Overall, in spite of being overshadowed by my house move and all of the goddamn stress that came with it, this month’s box was a winner!

Overall Rating for August’s Box: 8/10

Catch Up on Previous Reviews

July 2020 – Amázzoni Gin

June 2020 – Dartmouth English Gin

May 2020 – La Distillerie De Monaco Gin Aux Agrumes

15 thoughts on “Craft Gin Club Subscription Box Review | August 2020

  1. This sounds like a delicious box – and I love the sound of the Rock Rose gin. I had a Rose flavoured gin from Cornwall back in January and it was utterly gorgeous. And I also love Tanquerary Sevilla’s citrus gin, which was super refreshing over the long hot summer. I’ve not heard of this club, might be one for me to check out, thank you for your review 🙂

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  2. My auntie gets this subscription I believe and she loves it! As much as I love gin I don’t drink it enough right now to get a subscription. But this box looks great and is a great way to experiment with different flavours too! 😊 x

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    1. Absolutely! I wasn’t much of a gin lover when my MIL first told me about it but since then I’ve definitely gotten more into it so I thought I’d treat myself this year! So far I’ve not really had a bad box so it’s definitely worth while! Thank you for reading 🙂 x

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