Corner Fifty Three Not Pink Gin is the latest release in Corner 53’s Experimental Series, joining their fantastic Lemon Meringue Pie Gin which, I am assured with become a limited release, rather than a limited edition gin. We’ll have to wait and see whether this this pink gin, which is not a pink gin, becomes part of their line up of gins. Confused? me too.
The Corner Fifty Three set-up is small, it consists of a small distillery in founder Tom’s parents’ back garden with two, hand-built copper stills Christened Rosie and Angus. The stills are 60 litre split top copper pot still which operate in 8 hours shifts and the lowest possibly temperature to ensure the spirit collected is as smooth as possible. In a hunt to find the most PH stable water for their gin, Corner Fifty Three use Hildon natural mineral water. The pure, clean spring water is high in mineral and contributes to the smoothness of the gin. Everything is crafted by hand in small batches, or as Tom puts it “in ridiculously small batches”.
So, after refusing to jump on the pink gin bandwagon, co-founder and distiller Tom has come up with a gin that is not a pink gin, it is a gin that just happens to be pink. Corner Fifty Three Not Pink Gin is made using the superb Corner 53 Pomelo gin as a base. This then has fresh blackberry juice, lemon juice and Meon Valley honey added to make this peachy, orange / pink coloured gin. The result is a lightly pink gin with a heavy juniper dryness, with a little hit of blackberry fruit and honey sweetness over the top of the well-loved Pomelo citrus.
Only 101 50cl bottles produced. So grab one quickly if you would like some.