What do you get with a Craft Gin Club subscription box?
You seem to be able to get subscription boxes for everything nowadays. Being rather partial to the odd snifter of gin, imagine how excited I was to find out that you can actually get a monthly subscription box of gin!! At the start of the month I was sent a subscription box from Craft Gin Club in order to find out exactly what is involved in a gin subscription box.
The monthly box from Craft Gin Club is £40, and you receive a bottle (normally 70cl) of specially selected small-batch gin, a copy of GINNED! magazine and a variety of treats to go with that month’s gin. June’s Gin of the Month was from NB Gin and was a 70cl bottle of their Navy Strength Gin. There was lots of interesting information about the distillers and the gin in addition to that of the rest of the contents in the accompanying GINNED! magazine.
I was pleased to see how well the contents of June’s box were packaged, so there was no worry that any of the bottles or jars would be damaged.
NB Navy Strength Gin is a London Dry Gin which is distilled by the producers of the “Best London Dry Gin in the World, 2015” in North Berwick, Scotland. At 57% ABV it has quite a kick but is actually really smooth. As you drink this high quality gin, it’s no surprise that it was the featured gin at the Sony BRIT Awards After Party two years running.
The magazine which members receive with their box every month covers everything you would want to know about the featured gin including tasting notes and ideas on how to use it. With World Martini Day on the 19th June, this month’s edition also features the iconic gin based cocktail, a bit about the rest of the contents of the subscription box, a featured “Gin Joint of the Month”, recipes and competitions. Plenty for the Craft Gin Club subscriber to enjoy whilst they are passing their time until next month’s delivery!
The rest of the box
The subscription box really has been put together with a lot of thought and care. Sticking to the theme of World Martini Day, was a 5cl bottle of Martini Extra Dry Vermouth so you could use this alongside the NB Gin to produce a perfect martini.
Of course, the classic Dry Martini is served with an olive, so there was also a jar of NB Gin-infused “Alco Olives” to enable you to garnish your Martini perfectly. These are jumbo Greek olives, infused with gin and hand produced in Cheshire. They make for a delicious, boozy snack on their own!
The final product in June’s Craft Gin Club box was a 275ml bottle of Fentimans Sparkling Lime and Jasmine. GINNED! magazine has a recipe for a Lime and Jasmine Collins using both this and the NB gin, but I have to say that it just used simply as a mixer for the NB gin produced a really lovely, summery drink – perfect for enjoying on a warm evening and imagining you were on holiday, somewhere exotic.
Is it worth the money?
So this is the big question isn’t it? There is a commitment with any subscription box. You pay your subscription money, and in most cases you can’t be sure exactly what you are going to get. If you are the kind of person who buys your branded gin from a supermarket when it is on offer, you may feel that £40 for a bottle of gin and a few other bits and pieces is a bit steep. However, if you love gin and want to try different gins and don’t know where to start then in my opinion the Craft Gin Club is a really good place to start. You are not going to be able to get this gin in a supermarket, you are not going to be able to “try before you buy” so you can rely on the expertise of the Craft Gin Club to find you something a bit special to try and make sure you are enjoying it at its best.
I like the fact that you get a 70cl bottle to try rather than several small bottles of different gins. It gives you a chance to try the gin of the month lots of ways, enjoy it with friends and really form an opinion on it. It is a really great way of finding your new “favourite gin”. Out of interest, I did have a look at how much it would be to purchase a bottle of NB Navy Strength Gin, and I am yet to find a bottle of it for less than £40, so taking into consideration that postage and packaging for your Craft Gin Club box is included in your fee, alongside all your extra goodies to go with the gin, then it is good value.
Can you justify spending £40 on gin every month?
This is a question my husband actually asked me. Sometimes I do wonder if he does really know me. But he raises a fair point. Depending on your gin consumption, £40 a month on gin does sound like quite a lot. However, by joining the Craft Gin Club, you do not have to have a monthly subscription box, they also offer bi-monthly and quarterly membership, and you can change your membership frequency (both higher or lower) at any time, and as often as you like, simply via email. You are even able to skip a month if you wish.
If you need any more persuading then you see what Craft Gin Club members think about June’s box here, and if that isn’t enough, then how about getting £10 off your first box using discount code SUMMERGIN10.
I know someone who loves gin and has a significant birthday this year – can I buy them membership as a gift?
Yes you can – and they would probably (definitely) love it!
Disclaimer: I was sent June’s box from The Craft Gin Club in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own – I really did love it and am seriously considering joining the club!