Ford set out to create “A gin to be used as a workhorse for the cocktailian bartender.” By collaborating with Charles Maxwell he guaranteed that Fords would be more than just another gin.
Maxwell is a legend in the gin world. As Master Distiller at Thames Distillers (who make a huge range of gins: Portobello Road Gin, Ish and Oxley to name a few) there is little Maxwell doesn’t know about gin including which botanicals work and which don’t.
Fords Gin has 9 botanicals: juniper, coriander seeds, lemon, orange and grapefruit peel, jasmine, orris, angelica and cassia.
The flavours balance well and in spite of the jasmine which I anticipated to be overpowering, the juniper leads. Fords Gin will work well with citrus based cocktails, while the oiliness means it makes a great martini. I used it in a Gibson Martini and it was excellent. Given the 45% ABV I was expecting it to have a bit of a kick but the mouthfeel is more reminiscent of a lower proof gin.
The bottle, specially designed with the bartender in mind, features a groove in the middle to prevent slippage and measures engraved on the side so it can be reused. I also like that Ford hasn’t taken everything too seriously and there are a couple of funny things on the label that are a tongue in cheek stab at some of the guff written on other gin labels.
Country of Origin : Distilled in UK, Bottled in US