REVIEW: Ink Gin

My gin-spiration series of posts are all about bringing you details of gins that you might not be aware of, but I’m really happy to be able to review one gin that you might not be familiar with that I've actually been able to taste myself – Ink Gin


Ink is a small batch organic infused craft gin produced in Australia by Husk Distillers 

In 2012, distiller Paul Messenger began experimenting with the curious colour changing properties of an exotic flowering legume from Thailand known as the Buttterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea).


He spent the next three years assessing a wide range of botanicals including native Australian bush tucker before settling on a balanced recipe of 12 botanicals in perfect harmony with the flower, from which the colour is derived following a deep infusion process.

This natural floral infusion gives Ink Gin a remarkable and lustrous quality, which is most obvious in a signature Ink & Tonic, which changes colour from deep blue to blush pink when mixed.


The colour changing is obviously a great party trick - but make no mistake, this is a seriously tasty gin.

I found it to be definitely be more citrus-led than juniper, with floral notes coming through as you would expect given the infusion of the butterfly pea. The native Australian lemon myrtle is also noticeable, and other botanicals include Tasmanian pepper berries and sweet orange (with which I garnished my gin).

I used the Ginventory app to guide me towards a tonic, and it recommended either East Imperial or Fever Tree Mediterranean. Normally I would go for the latter but coincidentally had a bottle of East Imperial that I had added into my basket during a recent purchase from 31Dover, so that was my selection - and I was glad I made it!


It was the first time that I've had this tonic, but will certainly be on the lookout for it again as I found it delicious and a perfect balance for the gin.


Ink Gin is naturally infused with no preservatives or chemical stabilisers. The gin comes with a note advising that the organic colours don’t last forever, so the should be stored in a dark place - or enjoyed with friends sooner rather than later! šŸ˜‰


Ink Gin is available to buy in the UK from Crafty Connoisseur priced at £42.50 for a 70cl bottle at 43% ABV

* I would like to thank Steve & Brenda for very kindly giving me this sample bottle to review


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