ILOVEGIN SUBSCRIPTION BOX | GIN CLUB

Subscription boxes have always intrigued me; even ones where I don’t care much for the contents, like gaming or comics, I still find it really cool that you can get this little box of presents delivered to your door every month. I think it’s the same obsession with the post that I’ve had since I was little. I used to be so jealous of my Mum & Dad for the endless letters they’d receive, while they rolled their eyes at each other because what I was getting jealous of were bank statements and electricity bills.

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Anyway, other than various vegan snack boxes which tend to catch my eye, I’ve never felt the need to actually order one myself, until I saw an advert on Instagram for ILoveGin. Those targeted adverts are getting real good these days. Four gin & tonics delivered to your door every month? Where do I sign up?! I was actually very cheeky and sent them an email asking to do a little collaboration, to which they kindly agreed, so I’ll be very transparent now and say I did get sent this box to try for free, however I didn’t get paid to shout about it to everyone and their nan – I’m doing that off my own back because I love this idea so much. 

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So, in your monthly box, you get 2 gins and 2 tonics that perfectly complement the gin, which makes 4 G&T’s in total (or 2 big ones if you’re me). I love that they match the mixer to the gin for you, because as mentioned before, I love trying new brands but I’m never sure which tonic flavour would accompany each gin the best.

The box also comes with a little recipe booklet, complete with the backstory of each bottle, and what the perfect serve/garnish is. Nothing too fancy – all I was advised to garnish with this month was grapefruit peel, fresh mint, a lime wedge, or orange peel. We usually have some kind of citrus fruit in the house anyway so with garnishes I tend to just go with what we’ve got rather than buying things especially for my drinks.

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The month we received the Aromatic Autumn box, with my first drink being a Pink Pepper Gin paired with Fever Tree’s Aromatic Tonic. I thought this would have a bit of a kick due to the pink peppercorns, but the spice was pretty subtle and balanced well with a vanilla flavour. The tonic took over a little bit due to the bitterness of the orange, but this is my favourite flavour of tonic so I was absolutely loving it regardless.
The second drink I got this month was the Aber Falls Welsh Dry Gin, served with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic. This reminded me more of the kind of thing I would usually order at a bar when the gin menu makes me feel overwhelmed. Not in a bad way, I think it’s mostly due to the elderflower as I’ve definitely overdone it with that flavour over the years. This definitely tasted like a safe bet G&T, in the best kind of way.

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The monthly cost is £14 including delivery, which is pretty generous if you work it out as £3.50 per drink. For me, it’s totally worth it as I love being a bit adventurous and trying new gins, but committing to a whole bottle before you’ve tried it is always a bit risky, so I love that this subscription can introduce me to new gins, in the way they’re supposed to be consumed, so I can decide for myself which ones I will be repurchasing.

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Some little additional things I also love:
You can also pause, skip or cancel your membership at any time, so there’s no weird contracts or commitment or anything like that.
You get a £5 gin voucher in your box to use as discount off a full bottle if you like, which I didn’t realise until my subscription arrived and it was a very welcome gesture!

All in all, I’d say my first subscription box was an absolute success, and I’m all on board with the idea – can’t wait to try more in the future 🙂

 

 

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