On the Shelf: Hayman’s Family Reserve Gin

London’s famous Hayman’s Distillery has long been a go-to for lovers of handcrafted Gin, a consistent presence in ‘top Gin’ lists around the world, particularly with their Hayman’s 1850 Reserve, an acclaimed, subtle, and smooth expression, notable for being rested in Scotch Whisky barrels for 3-4 weeks in line with the old world style of Gin. The expression has also seen an updated version, the recently released, limited edition Hayman’s Family Reserve, distributed n Australia by SouthTrade.

Once again aimed to reflect the old world style of Gin, the type that was sold in London’s Gin Palaces in the 1800’s, this Hayman’s Family Reserve promises a “strong botanical intensity, depth, and balance” which remains consistent with the family distillery’s most popular releases. Again, this is rested in Scotch Whisky barrels for 3 weeks, adding just enough wood and subtle mellow notes to the profile, which is then lifted with stronger botanicals juniper and coriander.

Like the 1850, there is a nice peppery note on the nose with juniper and coriander, emerging again on the palate before a dry, oaky finish. There’s also a consistent presence of liquorice, most noticeable mid-palate when you get really full, creamy mouthfeel from the Gin before it leaves you with said lingering dry, oaky finish.

As a big fan of the 1850, this is a worthy successor, and a good chance for Australians to capture the same essence that made the 185 Reserve so popular when it was in the market.

Hayman’s Family Reserve is available in 700ml bottles at an ABV of 41.3% from independent bottle shops for an RRP of $85. You can also find it online HERE.

Signature Serve

Negroni

  • 25ml Hayman’s Family Reserve Gin
  • 25ml Red Vermouth
  • 25ml Campari

Build in a tumbler glass over ice. Garnish with a curl or orange peel or slice.

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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.