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Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin is causing something like a little hype in the middle of the slowly declining gin wave. The reason: Great aromas, paired with a unique bottle and the mysterious British aura of the gin wizard who brews delicious premium gin in his bathtub at home. But is that really how it works?

The story behind Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin

First of all: Even if the stuff is called Bathtub Gin, it is burned in normal copper stills, by no means in the bathtub. The manufacturing process is therefore much more professional than the label “Professor Cornelius Ampleforth” wants us to know. But that's not bad at all: The loving story about the crazy professor that the people at masterofmalt.com in England came up with in order to throw very special spirits onto the market in small batches of actually only 30 to 60 bottles each is simple just ... beautiful.

The reason for this is that those in charge consistently carry out the fun and only ever speak of the professor when there is something to say online about the spirits out of line. Only when one of your babies wins a prize does a nice man with a beard hold the good piece in front of the camera and then everyone pretends to be the PR team of the confused spirits genius, which is now also vodka under his name , Cherry brandy, absinthe and various gins.

The bottles of the brand are all adorned with an old-looking logo with confused magic book writing on it, which is printed on brown paper and wrapped around the bottle. Around the cork: a sealing wax cap. That is noble, that fits the story - at least the storytelling of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin fits - but what can the gin itself do?

Enjoy Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin pure

If you pour the gin into your glass at room temperature, it is slightly yellowish, like very light white wine. It lies oily and heavy in the glass, pearls down in thick strips. The first smell has a very, very strong juniper tone that is reminiscent of a London Dry Gin. This is followed by orange, a tiny bit of cardamom, which goes down in floral tones, and a good portion of cinnamon.

Nose: Juniper, pine needles, oranges, floral notes

Mouth: Violent juniper, orange, cinnamon

In the mouth, Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin shows its creaminess to the full, it doesn't just feel liquid, more like a liqueur with no sweetness. On the tongue, too, the juniper dominates, which turns into a spruce needle on the finish, followed by a pleasant, non-alcoholic spiciness. Orange remains in the aftertaste, unfortunately the cinnamon is missing here. The taste is very dominant, but not a burdock like other, lower quality gins.

Bathtub gin in a cocktail

The better question would be: which tonic goes well with it? Depends on how much you like your tonic. Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin can also assert itself against heavy tonic hums like the Dry Tonic from Schweppes, especially in combination with its floral notes, completely new taste patterns come together that should definitely be tried out.

But the fact is: you actually want to enjoy this gin pure, it is too interesting, too different and yet quite classic. If you just want to dilute it a little, you can use the restrained Fever Tree Mediterranean (mineral water with a hint of quinine), give the gin plenty of room to breathe, but still have a nice, large drink in your hand.

In other cocktails, the Bathtub Gin is basically a London Dry with a cooler mouthfeel, in a martini with vermouth it tastes great. In Gin Fizz or Tom Collins, on the other hand, it looks splendid thanks to the sour notes, which are exactly what the gin lacks. Cocktail recipes that are stored in a similar way, such as the Ramos Gin Fizz, naturally also work. For a gin and tonic, we therefore recommend the sourest limes or lemons, which you can find as a garnish.

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Conclusion: Great premium gin, which works on its own, but is also a stunner in cocktails. Definitely test in sour drinks!

Data: 43.3%; 45 to 50 euros; England


The author of these lines works full-time for Perola GmbH, the German importer of Ableforth’s, previously known as Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s. Nevertheless, this article was written to the best of my knowledge and belief: Neither superiors nor colleagues had any influence on me, and the article was not presented to anyone for review before it was published. Cocktailbart.de is also excluded from the usual secondary employment clause in my contract. On top of that, this article was written long before I started working for the company. When it came to the tasting itself, I was just as objective as usual. Of course, there is a little pride in a product that you are involved in selling yourself - so if you have the feeling that I have forgotten or ignored details about this gin that put it in a different light: get in touch in the comments and we talk about it!