Its That Gin Thing at Tiptree, Essex

Its That Gin Thing at Tiptree, Essex

Well, I was in all kinds of heaven in Tiptree, Essex recently. Id been invited by Visit Essex to go on a press trip, visiting Essex vineyards and breweries, to see what they had on offer in the way of wines and Ales. The Tiptree Tearooms, home of the famous jams that you find on any hotel breakfast menu, was included in the trip as the company has started producing what I like to call nectar from the Gods……..Gin!!

The first thing you notice when you get to the Tiptree Tearooms is the smell. You get out of your car, and the gorgeous, sweet smell of strawberry jam hits you. The factory where the magic happens is just behind the tearooms, (the tearooms is set in the factories grounds) so the smell of the produce is very much in the air. Set in what is officially, England’s largest village, (Tiptree) the tearooms, of course offer traditional cream teas and other delights, but it also has a small but interesting museum. The museum, full of curiosities, tells you about the history of the Wilkin family business, life in this Essex village from bygone days, and even shows you a four legged chicken….

Old jams and preserves in the museum

Now, it is well documented on my social media about the wonderful, lasting and fulfilling relationship Gin and I have, and my tipple of choice has usually been Hendricks. A Gins Gin if you will. The new take on Gins that we are seeing a surge in, really interested me. You can literally get Gins made with all manor of ingredients these days.

Famous Tiptree Jams and Preserves

The Wilkin family, founders of Tiptree produce, have been fruit farming in Essex since 1800, and still grow many of the traditional fruits that they were growing then. Now, I absolutely love that despite their huge success, the Tiptree fruit is still picked by hand, and the farming is done mindfully, with sustainability and engagement of the local community at the forefront. I love that!

The Tiptree company was approached by local Gin makers, the Hayman family, that had been producing traditional London Dry Gin since 1863, about combining their established gin, and Tiptree amazing fruit, and producing some fruit Gin liqueurs. The first gin, The Little Scarlett Strawberry gin was born and went on sale in 2016.

Little Scarlett strawberries are unique to the Wilkin Estate at Tiptree, here in sunny Essex. The tiny, wild berries have to be grown with immense care, and I promise you, the strawberry jam that is made with these berries is literally the most amazing strawberry jam I have ever tasted! I may or may not have tried it on a beautiful scone from their tearooms with a bit of clotted cream while I was there……..

I digress.

Shortly after the Strawberry gin creation, English Raspberry, Damson plum and the latest, English Rhubarb gin all followed. In the name of research, I did try each and everyone of the gins, (I got you, Im here for you) and they were all blooming gorgeous. You can drink them all in various ways, and I will pop some suggestions for you at the end, Im good like that.

All of the gins have the unmistakeable flavour of the fruit that they are combined with, and the warming sharpness of the gin creeps through. They have, in my opinion, got the flavours and combination bang on. If you were threatening me with never being able to drink gin again unless I chose my favourite, after I got my breath back from the panic you would have just caused me, I would say that for me, its the Strawberry. Its beautiful. My second place would be between the raspberry and the rhubarb, and I honestly wouldn’t be able to choose between the two.

I would urge you to visit the Tiptree Tearooms if you are in or local to Essex, its a great place to visit, but if your reading this from further afield, thinking how quick can you make the 5 hour round trip to Tiptree and your mind is saying gimme all the gin, its ok, you can order online. See, I told you, I got you covered! See all the gin right here. Just in case your wondering, I bought the Strawberry gin………

Now, for those drink suggestions; Obviously, you could drink any of them over ice, or with your favourite tonic water and garnish, but I thought Id throw a couple of other ideas at you. Im literally, the gift that keeps on giving………

Strawberry Gin

Sparkling Strawberry Sours – 4 tablespoons of strawberry gin, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 85ml chilled sparkling water.

Mix it all together, pour over ice, into a tall glass, garnish with basil leaves and strawberry

Raspberry Gin

Add a measure or two of raspberry gin, to a glass of chilled prosecco, to make a Gin Royale. Delicious, and also pretty festive! Serve in a champagne flute.

I may or may not have drunk lots of my Gin Royale…. Research people, research!

Damson Plum Gin

Damson Gin Sour – 50ml damson gin, 25ml Amaretto, juice of half a lemon and an egg white! Shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice, pour into lowball glasses. If you want to be really fancy, you could dip the top of the glass into sherbet or sugar to create a pretty ring of sparkle around your glass.

Rhubarb Gin

Rhubarb Gimlet – Double measure of rhubarb gin, about 30ml fresh lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup and a glug of pink grapefruit juice, Shake with ice, pour through a strainer into a martini glass, garnish with mint.

***News just in. I have it on good authority that mixing the rhubarb gin with traditional cream soda, is literally like drinking rhubarb and custard sweets. Now THAT sounds like my kinda pick and mix***

Please note – Although I was taken to the various places that we visited as part of a press team, everything that I bought at the venues was paid for by me, out of my own money. This post is in collaboration with Visit Essex to raise awareness of our homegrown tipples x.

What about you fellow gin lovers? Any suggestions on how I can have a gin fix? Id love to hear any recipe ideas??

 

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12 Comments

  1. Janis
    November 13, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Another interesting post. Round to yours for some more “research” methinks Kerry! xx

    • November 13, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Janis I think this is the best idea ever 🙂 I’ll bring snacks hahah xx

      • kerrylifeandloves
        November 13, 2017 / 9:28 pm

        Whoooo Hoooooo Ladies! Gin Parrrtaayyyyyyy. Gin Buddies unite!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 13, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Yayyyyy, I will get the mixers in! I reckon we could come up with some great ideas!

  2. November 13, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I am so proud of you for tasting all that gin for us! What a burden it must have been and your efforts are truly recognised hahaha!! I knew of Tiptoe jams and I know of Tiptoe cakes and pastries but I had never heard of them as Gin makers so that was cool to know! Thank you for sharing, this looks like a great day out!! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 13, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      I am here for you all, its my duty as both a blogger, and a fellow gin lover! I was exactly the same. When I saw their name on the itinerary, I thought it was for lunch! What a little gem I have discovered though. Hubby and I back there at the weekend to pick up a some more supplies…….

  3. Jean
    November 13, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Hope i’m Included to the gin party. Never knew about Tiptree Gin, think a trip to Tiptree needs to be planned to check it out

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 14, 2017 / 8:14 am

      Of course your invited! The more the merrier. Tiptree is definitely worth the visit.

  4. November 14, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Ooh your photos look stunning, lucky you for getting to spend the whole day there! Strawberry gin sounds absolutely delicious, I think I’d easily overdo it, given the chance xx

    Janelle | thenellybean.com

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 14, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Oh thank you! I always worry taking photos at this sort of thing as once you leave, you cant get more pics so you have to work with what you have! I agree, its far too drinkable which makes it dangerous….or fun, depends what mood your in haha Thanks for reading xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 8:02 am

      Its so retro isnt it! thank you for reading x

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