Review: Seedlip Spice 94 / by Jason Hambrey

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Distilled all spice, cardamom, grapefruit zest, lemon zest, oak bark and cascarilla bark
Distiller Seedlip (UK)

This is made like the other seedlip drinks - macerated botanicals, individually distilled, and then blended. This was the first product to be released from Seedlip in 2015 and there was incredible demand for it. The first batch of 1000 bottles was sold out in three weeks, the second batch in three hours, and the third in half an hour! Shortly after, some of the best restaurants in the world and other prestigious venues sought bottles of the stuff (like the Fat Duck and Buckingham palace) - it really filled a niche in the market, and did so very well.

Needless to say, Seedlip (and now some others) are giving the mocktail world some much needed help (for the most part). These are in the USA and Canada, as well as other parts of the world - in Canada I’ve seen them selling for $30 to $50.

Review (2020)

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  • Bottling Date: 2019

Now here is something! Rich spices – cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and rich wood notes. It pops through on the palate – which is slightly sour – full of clean, rich spices with a touch of white pepper and grapefruit on the finish. Unlike the other non-alcoholics “gins” I’ve had, I like sipping this straight.

A real star in cocktails. It comes through nicely in a gin and tonic, it makes an excellent toddy with honey and lemon juice, works well with ginger ale, and the “picnic sunset” with grapefruit juice and jam is really terrific. There are other cocktails, too, on the Seedlip website that are great.

It’s quite good just with some soda and grapefruit.

Highly Recommended.