Seedlip Garden 108

Seedlip Garden 108 review

Price: £27.99 (700ml)

Stockists: Manufacturer’s own, Tesco, Amazon, other high end retailers

Recommended serve:  With Indian tonic water and a handful of peas

Alcohol: 0%

One of the biggest questions I had when I first gave up drinking was ‘what the hell do I drink other than fruit juice and lemonade?’. So with the tag line ‘What to drink when you’re not drinking’, its no surprise that a quick internet search led me to Seedlip; the original non-alcoholic spirit.

I didn’t really know what to expect of a non alcoholic spirit so decided just to dive straight in and order a bottle of the Garden 108 , along with a selection of premium tonics to experiment with. So here we go…

I started with the Garden 108 paired with Fever Tree Indian tonic. It’s one of those things that tastes exactly like it smells; garden herbs and peas are the breakthrough aromas, and to be fair this is exactly as it is described by Seedlip. What I felt was missing though was the floral element that had been mentioned in the blurb, and although I was trying to get away from overly sweet drinks, this felt to be lacking any sweetness and I struggled to get through the whole glass.

Taking this on board I decided to persevere and try again, but this time using Fever Tree Lemon Tonic. It’s not the serve recommended by Seedlip but I have to say I found this much more drinkable and enjoyable. The lemon tonic adds just enough sweetness and complements the flavours beautifully. Add plenty of ice, a slice of lemon and sprig of mint and you have a long, refreshing summer drink.

At £27.99 per 70cl bottle, it’s not exactly cheap, and while I enjoy the pairing with lemon tonic, the flavours here will not be for everyone. The good news is that since ordering my first bottle, I have discovered that Seedlip Garden can be found in a number of bars and restaurants, so I would advise trying one before committing to a full bottle. The website has a list of high end stockists, but I have also been pleasantly surprised to find it in Pizza Express, Be At One and even my own local, The George in Hayes, Bromley so it’s worth keeping an eye out in your local watering hole. Helpfully, Seedlip also sell a smaller 20cl bottle through their website, which will just give 4 serves for you to experiment with. Enjoy…

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