Monday, 21 September 2015

Roll up! Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur is Now a Thing

Yes, really.

That's right, you can buy now buy Unicorn Tears gin liqueur in the UK.

It's recently gone on sale at Firebox, and has caused quite a stir already, so I was very eager to try some of this spirit and its mystical botanicals (which, I'm told, is sourced from real unicorns - many, many of whom were harmed in the making of it. #sorrynotsorry #yolo)

They kindly sent me a shot of the stuff to play with, and I was not disappointed.

As you can see from the picture, the unicorn's tears are joined by pieces of real, edible silver, making for a very sparkly-looking drink. One of the product images makes it look slightly pinky, but that's just the lighting - this is a clear, shimmering liquid, and so pretty that I wasted no time opening the bottle (which is why my photos are so rubbish... sorry. I was excited.)

The eagle-eyed among you will note this is 'unicorn tears gin liqueur', not 'unicorn tears gin', so what does that mean?

Basically, it tastes rather like a gin that's been slightly sweetened, and it has a slightly more unctuous, silky texture that makes it sippable on its own without a mixer, despite being 40% abv. Because why would you want to water down REAL UNICORN TEARS? Exactly.

So what do unicorn tears taste like? Well, like gin, only with added magical properties. There's plenty of juniper and orangey-citrus, a hint of warm spice, and the sweetness is more maple syrup than pure sugar.

After sipping this majestic booze treat, I added a little tonic, and found it to be a fine accompaniment to the sadness of this enchanting beast. It's pretty powerful stuff, and I did wake up in a forest the next morning, but I'm very eager to try some more.

If you, too, would like to possess some boozy unicorn tears, then you can pre-order a 500ml bottle from Firebox for £39.99. It's released on 25th September.

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