Craft Gin Club Subscription Box Review | December 2020

Craft Gin Club December 2020

I’ve heard good things about the December Craft Gin Club box from my Mother in Law – in fact, I saw the offerings they sent last year and they were quite impressive. So, I had some high hopes when my December box was delivered, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! This month’s box is inspired by the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds which, of course are beautiful any time of the year, but especially so during the festive season. Of course the Cotswolds has a personal note for me too as it’s where we got married, so it was definitely a nice touch. So far so good!

Craft Gin Club Box Review - December 2020

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?

Cotswolds Dry Gin: The Cloudy Christmas Edition

The London Essence Co. Indian Tonic Water

The London Essence Co. Pomelo & Pink Pepper Tonic Water

Gnaw Winter Wonder Milk Chocolate

Codorníu Cava Non Vintage Brut

Tyrrells Hand Cooked English Crisps – Lightly Sea Salted

Crafted Mango and Passion Fruit Juice Drink

The Dormen Christmas Mix

Kind Bars – Limited Edition Apple Almond Spice and Caramel Almond Sea Salt

Gin Star Martini cocktail syrup

Grapefruit and star anise garnish

Cotswolds Dry Gin: The Cloudy Christmas Edition

I’ve actually had the original Cotswolds Dry Gin before and it has to be one of my favourite gins of all time, so I was so excited when I saw it featured in this month’s box. Exclusively for Craft Gin Club members, the Cloudy Christmas Edition is filled with festive botanicals including juniper, angelica, grapefruit, clementine, black pepper and lavender. It smells AMAZING for starters, and flavour wise, it doesn’t disappoint either. You initially get the hit of citrus from the clementine  followed by a warming and spiced finish – it’s definitely a perfect choice for Christmas!

The London Essence Co. Indian Tonic Water/Pomelo and Pink Pepper Tonic Water

The London Essence Co tonic featured in September’s box, albeit the blood orange and elderflower edition. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always really enjoyed their tonics and it was nice to have the original Indian tonic water again as it had been a while. Having a simple Indian tonic meant that it really gave the gin a chance to shine and you could really experience the flavours in it. Overall, the tonic itself was really light too, which is always a win for me as I can’t stand the ones that linger with a bit of a sickly finish. I hadn’t tried the pomelo and pink pepper one before, but I wasn’t disappointed! The pink pepper added a hint of spice to the flavours of the gin and had a really warming flavour to it, plus it smelt gorgeous!

Snacks

The snacks offered for this month were a mixed bag but it was definitely a good one! In all fairness, they had me sold as soon as I discovered a share size bag of Tyrrells crisps in there. The rest of the offerings certainly had a festive vibe to them – I’ll be honest, anxiety has meant my appetite hasn’t been great lately so I’ve yet to sample them fully, but everything that’s been included is something I’ll eat eventually, and I love the flavours in the Kind bars, especially the caramel almond sea salt which regular readers will know is right up my street!

The Cocktail: Gin Star Martini

The Crafted Mango and Passion Fruit juice previously featured in July’s box, so I knew this would be a great component for the cocktail. The cocktail was a gin-inspired take on your usual Pornstar Martini and it certainly didn’t disappoint. While I was a bit dubious as the syrup smelt quite sickly sweet but with all the ingredients together it worked perfectly. It was certainly boozy and the clementine flavours of the gin really gave it an extra citrussy twist, and the Cava itself was also rather nice too. To be honest, it didn’t feel like much of a Christmassy cocktail (I feel it’s more of a summery thing), but I didn’t mind because I love a Pornstar Martini, and anything that incorporates gin in my opinion is a winner.

Final Thoughts

Craft Gin Club certainly ended the year on a high with their December offerings. Of course I didn’t start blogging about their boxes until June, but as of December I’ve had a full year’s worth of gin-fuelled treats. As you will have read in certain reviews, certain boxes haven’t been as good as others, but that’s a price you pay overall with subscription boxes isn’t it? I’m currently going through their advent calendar (if you’ve been reading my IG stories you’ll have seen brief reviews!) but I’m planning on doing a post about it at some point after Christmas. On the whole, there have been some really good offerings from Craft Gin Club in their monthly boxes, and I can honestly say that over the year, there hasn’t been a gin that I haven’t liked. So, for now, my monthly box reviews will still be continuing! 

Overall Rating for December’s Box: 8/10

Catch Up on Previous Reviews

November 2020 – Pienaar & Son Orient Gin

October 2020 – Whitby Gin The Demeter Edition

September 2020 – Stranger & Sons Gin

August 2020 – Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Gin

July 2020 – Amázzoni Gin

June 2020 – Dartmouth English Gin

4 thoughts on “Craft Gin Club Subscription Box Review | December 2020

  1. Even though I don’t drink, there are some items in this box that still interest me. At one point, I would probably cave and try the fruity drinks – anything mango sounds divine! I definitely think that you got the best subscription box out of the bunch that I’ve seen floating around on the internet. 🙂

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