Lidl Hortus Limited Edition Summer Gin Review

Sunday, July 09, 2017
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Lidl Hortus Limited Edition Summer Gin Review

With a collection of 20+ gins (to date) I soon learnt that it’s not always about cost. You don’t ‘get what you pay for’ when it comes to gin, it’s more about personal preference and I soon learnt this after working with smaller distilleries.

I’ve always been one to root for the smaller brands however after coming across an article about Lidl’s new version of their ‘award-winning’ Hotrus gin I was both intrigued and sceptical. I’ve always thought of budget supermarkets watering down their gin BUT I also know that bigger brands repackage their products to sell for less as supermarkets own brand… so I had to try it.

The gin itself cost around £15.99 and has been compared to the likes of SipSmith’s London Dry Gin. The packaging is far from looking like a cheap alternative and comparing it to some of the gins I own it does look more of a luxury spirit.


It contains botanicals such as; Juniper, English coriander, Cubebs, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Bergamot and orange which all create their Hortus Limited Edition Summer Gin. Sipped straight it has a smooth floral note with and citrus kick. I like my gins to have a strong herbal, floral or fresh taste and this surprisingly (for a supermarket brand) packs a punch and fits the bill. 

Served with a slice of cucumber, a few cubes of ice and topped with Fevertree Tonic it’s the perfect G&T that does rival some well-known brands. Equally the botanicals will pull through more ingredients so it's the perfect fit for a Tom Collins, Negroni, Martini or a Singapore Sling... well done Lidl!

Beki Xo
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