Paul Van Den Heuvel is a Belgian who is passionate when it comes to his Gins. He knows what he likes and is not afraid to put it out there. Right down to his opinion on what he considers to be the perfect neutral mixer for his precious liquids. He wants us to experience his pride and joy at its very best.

The roots of these gins stem from a beautiful estate in Andalusia, Spain. Paul launched his dream in 2015. The Gin is lovingly created on an ancient Hacienda near the village of Gaucin. In total there are 27 fantastic herbs and fruits used creating the 3 offerings from Gaugin. These include Sun ripened Mediterranean lemons, oranges and grapefruit. Teaming this with botanicals such as wild thyme, wild rosemary, juniper, wild sage and lavender results in stunning traditional Mediterranean tastes that are timeless.

Paul sent me his Gaugin Classic to try. On first opening the bottle I was blown away by the grapefruit scent, followed by the other citrusy aromas of the orange and lemon. I knew then this would be love at first taste. As I mentioned earlier, Paul is very specific as to what makes a perfect serve so unusually for me I did what I was told for once and used the suggested Schweppes premium tonic and lemon zest and a slice instead of experimenting with my own garnish or tonic. This combination was a citrus taste explosion. The tonic brought the flavour of the gin through perfectly and the zest and slice of lemon complimented this Mediterranean masterpiece so well. This serve was rousing, refreshing and revitalising and left me wishing I could close my eyes and magic myself to somewhere warm and sunny on what is a rather wet and grey day here in Northern Ireland. I loved the tangy aftertaste I was left with. I hope Paul won’t shout but for my second serve I added fresh basil to the lemon and I found this added a fragrant sweetness which I really enjoyed , to me it brought out the herbs used in the making of the gin.

This bottle is crammed full of nature’s best and the attention to detail given to all the ingredients is unmistakable. Beautiful Gin that will be hard to stay away from. I have a funny feeling it won’t last too long on the top shelf of my Gin Palace!!

Once again thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks to Paul at Gaugin for giving me the opportunity to write this review.

Till next time Gin Nerds



Off Out….

So heading out tonight to see the Bicep boys play the Telegraph Buildings in Belfast. Very excited to actually get inside this venue and see what its all about. Probably be the oldest swingers in town, but hey we are only here for a short time and us old ravers do know how it’s done. It’s in our veins.

Need to keep moving though as the lack of sleep last night, due to the wind and the constant banging of a gate a few doors away is trying to trick me into chilling on the sofa with a large G&T in hand .

I will resist though because tonight I’m on a promise. Not that kind you naughty people! Nope it’s from the people at Shetland Reel Gin. This Gin arrived in the post today courtesy of The Craft Gin Club. I signed up to this club over a year ago and it’s a great way to keep your gin collection topped up with fab gins from all over the world, including limited editions and gins created exclusively for the club. So anyway back to my gin of choice tonight , the very pretty Shetland Reel.

Isn’t she beautiful!!! This Citrus forward Gin is right up my street. Both red grapefruit peel and juice are the star botanicals and for me that made for a winner. It was refreshing and light. The grapefruit aroma from the glass was gorgeous. I used Schweppes 1783 Crisp Tonic as my mixer. Definitely one I could stick to all evening. As for that promise though … apparently if I add a slice of red grapefruit to my serve I should ‘Get ready to dance!’ Well tonight I’m definitely up for that. So on that note I will love you and leave you. Have a Gintastic Saturday night fellow Gin Nerds I’m off to paint my face and get the dancing shoes on.

Rachael x


Where to start …

At the beginning would be a good place, Eh?

After years of searching for the perfect alcoholic drink, one I loved, enjoyed and looked forward to at the end of a manic work week, a night on the tiles with the girls or a meal with the hubby,  I fell flat on my face (sometimes literally). Pils and Lime, Cider and Blackcurrant , Pernod, Southern Comfort, Black Bush and Ginger , Vodka Red Bull, Rum and Coke, Rose Wine. The list went on and on. I would chop and change as much as my underwear, trying new things every time I was out. Watching what people were having and asking for a taste.

On a night out a few years back with one of my best friends, we fell into company and someone at the table had a tall glass filled with a cloudy liquid and wedges of fresh lime. It looked really good. I asked what it was and when I was told it was Gin I recoiled and exclaimed ‘GIN, YUK’ !!

FEE0C4C0-56EE-491E-A8DE-25C980B31D56I remember tasting gin when I was in my late teens. My Aunt Marie’s favourite tipple was a G&T.  We were on a caravaning holiday in Newcastle, Co.Down, great times!!! I asked could I have a taste of her drink and I remember thinking ‘Holy shit that’s like drinking air freshener, BOKE’.

The taste of the gin on that unplanned night out with my friend led to my love of all things Gin. That glass full of Gordon’s, Sprite, freshly squeezed lime juice and lime wedges changed my opinion in a heartbeat.  Please don’t judge me, I promise I do make the move to tonic water soon after, it just took a while. In the past I compared it to drinking salt water!!!

This probably has gone on too long for an introduction. Hope my ramblings don’t put you off!!  I have wanted to get a blog up and running for a while now and hope you have enjoyed the first instalment and I can’t wait to get stuck into my my next one.

Good bye for now fellow Gin Nerds

Rachael x