Cleangin

English | Cymraeg

A review of Cleangin.

ABV: 1.2%
Calories per 100ml: 8
Score: 2.5 out of 5

Spencer Matthews, founder of the Clean Liquor Company, chose the description “clean” for this new drink in order to convey “a more positive approach to low- and no-alcohol” and to chime with many people’s enthusiasm these days for a “cleaner” lifestyle.

Beautifully presented in a square green bottle with cute bevelled corners, Cleangin is distilled on the banks of the River Welland in rural Leicestershire. It’s certainly one of the best-looking drinks we’ve seen, but how does it taste is the big question, of course.

Spencer and his team have aimed to offer a way for drinkers to recreate some of the world’s greatest gin cocktails but with next to no alcohol. That said, we certainly wouldn’t put this drink in the traditional gins category. Like Sea Arch, Cleangin has a much more florid aroma than an old-school London dry gin. The taste is light and refreshing, but with no more than a hint of juniper. There’s a lingering aftertaste of peppermint, and maybe ginger too.

We have to confess that our taste-testers were not taken with it. But, as always, you’ll have to make your own mind up. You can buy Cleangin directly from the manufacturers and in Sainsbury’s.

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