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to think that £26 for non Alcoholic gin is !!!!!!!!

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Girlwhowearsglasses Wed 03-Apr-19 19:36:28

Seedlip 'distilled non-alcoholic gin'. I'm having a dry few weeks and thought it might be nice.

£26 in M&S

Readysteadygoat Wed 03-Apr-19 19:41:41

I'm not sure how they justify it, though I guess people must be buying it for it to be stocked in M&S?

Has anyone actually tried it?

EL8888 Wed 03-Apr-19 19:42:35

I’ve tried it. It’s not great, it’s quite watery and lacking in taste

Missmarplesknitting Wed 03-Apr-19 19:42:51

The cedars in Sainsbury's is just as nice. I think it's £16

Brownzy Wed 03-Apr-19 19:43:32

I bought it in a pregnancy desperation.

It's shite.

MariaTheMartian Wed 03-Apr-19 19:43:36

I’ve tried a non-alcoholic gin from pizza express. It was nice, but not worth what I paid for it. I’d have preferred the alcoholic variety tbh, but I was pregnant at the time.

There is no way I would buy non-alcoholic gin now I’m not pregnant and certainly not at that price.

redannie118 Wed 03-Apr-19 19:43:57

I bought it for my sister who asked for it for Christmas. She said it was lovely but I agree 26 pound for what is essentially water and Sloe juice is a fecking disgrace !!

Ponchie Wed 03-Apr-19 19:44:45

save your money, it’s vile

Rememberallball Wed 03-Apr-19 19:48:55

These is one called Sea Arch that has been recommended by a friend who is also pregnant - it’s £26:99 a bottle so same price as Seedlip which I tried recently on holiday - might try the Cedars one mentioned by a PP and see what it’s like!!

TeddyIsaHe Wed 03-Apr-19 19:50:38

Fucking hell! I’d just have rhubarb cordial in ginger ale and pretend. £26!!!

ContinuityError Wed 03-Apr-19 19:51:20

And you can still get a bad head from it confused

ginghamstarfish Wed 03-Apr-19 19:56:54

Wouldn't pay that in a million years! I remember reading once that air hostesses used to do this if a passenger had already had too much to drink - pour tonic, ice, lemon etc, and rub gin around the edge of the glass (for the scent of it) ... apparently it worked and the drinker thinks they are drinking G&T. Might be worth a try?

KittyVonCatsworth Wed 03-Apr-19 20:05:25

I don't understand the point. It's like going into pizza hut for the salad bar. £26 for non alcoholic gin, get tae fuck!!

mindutopia Wed 03-Apr-19 20:07:34

It’s not even that nice. Just buy some tonic and put some fruit and fancy garnishes in it.

fblake Wed 03-Apr-19 20:15:25

I saw it in Waitrose and considered giving it a try - then I read the reviews and decided against it! It's in 3 different flavours I think? All horrid apparently ☹️

AlannaOfTrebond Wed 03-Apr-19 20:20:59

Going against the grain, I love it, tastes like an actual adult drink.

Yes it's expensive, but I can't drink at the moment and I like the flavour so happy to pay for something a bit more interesting than lime and soda or plain tonic water.

fblake Wed 03-Apr-19 22:53:15

@AlannaOfTrebond which flavour did you try? X

Steamedbadger Wed 03-Apr-19 22:55:36

I thought it was OK. I tried the original clovey one and the green one.

vroc81 Wed 03-Apr-19 23:00:58

They have their own brand one for about £2.50???!

Friend on medication says it’s an acceptable alternative grin

AlannaOfTrebond Thu 04-Apr-19 06:53:43

@fblake I have a bottle of the spice version, which is my favourite one.

I tried all 3 in a deli that was doing samples. The citrus one was nice, but I thought there were a lot of premixed drinks already out there that tasted similar. The garden one tasted like I should be sprinkling it on top of food (like a large bunch of chopped fresh herbs)!

I'm not normally a gin drinker, so I just think of the Seedlip as a flavour I enjoy. Then again I also love Kombucha and herbal tea, anything not to be stuck drinking overly sweet soft drinks.

polarpig Thu 04-Apr-19 06:54:32

I saw some very similar/the same in Waitrose and thought the same as you OP. I'd pay no more than £5 for it.

fblake Thu 04-Apr-19 17:08:25

Thanks @AlannaOfTrebond 😊 x

Jackshouse Thu 04-Apr-19 17:11:35

Seedlip is vile. Dont bother.

UnderMajorDomoMinor Thu 04-Apr-19 17:14:57

£26 pound squash.

TakingtheLeap Thu 04-Apr-19 17:15:48

Tesco does an excellent non alcoholic "gin" for £13 a bottle.

TakingtheLeap Thu 04-Apr-19 17:16:55

Tell a lie, £19. Maybe it was on offer when I bought it...

Girlwhowearsglasses Thu 04-Apr-19 17:18:05

I Am thinking it might taste a bit like 'Aqua Libra' - if that still exists. Nasty herby stuff for non-alcoholic grown-ups from the nineties.

Redshoeblueshoe Thu 04-Apr-19 17:19:43

Why not just stick some juniper berries in your tonic ?

TurnOffTheTv Thu 04-Apr-19 17:22:35

Snake oil! More fool those who buy it.

Fatbutt Thu 04-Apr-19 17:23:57

do sainsburys still do the G&T flavouring? Was about £1 a bottle and in a glass of tonic is passable!

It was in the baking aisle last time i got some

StaffiesAndPonies Thu 04-Apr-19 17:24:46

Seedlip is money for old rope. Stick some cloves in tap water for the same effect and save yourself £26.

cheesenpickles Thu 04-Apr-19 17:27:01

Another vote for Sea Arch.

Haphazardhacker Fri 05-Apr-19 06:23:38

There’s a new one on the market called Borrago, we have just started selling it at work and it’s £18 a bottle and I love it. It’s more concentrated than seedlip so the bottle lasts a lot longer too.

stucknoue Fri 05-Apr-19 06:33:10

It's basically posh cordial . The reason alcoholic drinks are £££ is the tax, so the profits on non alcoholic drinks must be brilliant!

Angie169 Fri 05-Apr-19 06:44:41

If anyone fancys joining a 'dry' thread hop over to here -
There will be lots of opinion available for alternatives.

We did have a dry Jan thread too but unfortunately that one has just gone POOF as its time ran out

Bibijayne Fri 05-Apr-19 06:53:56

It's not great either..

Though we found the special cucumber sprite/ sprite zero (think Boots and Morrisons have it in still) tastes a hit like Hendricks and tonic.

donajimena Fri 05-Apr-19 07:00:53

I don't drink because I loved it a little too much. When I stopped I found it easier to not bother with substitutes. I wouldn't pay that much for an alcohol free spirit. It would be like showing a picture of a bone to a dog wink

donajimena Fri 05-Apr-19 07:01:30

Drink alcohol that should say

Girlwhowearsglasses Fri 05-Apr-19 09:19:55

It’s jot so much a substitute for me as something not super sugary that I might drink in place of a gin and tonic - on a warm evening out in the garden before food. I bloody hate sweetners, so that rules out loads of stuff now.

I tried non alcoholic beer the other day, I can’t imagine the point ! Yuck.

Rose’s Lime Cordial is my usual go to

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 05-Apr-19 09:21:46

It tasted like pea flavoured compost to me sad so not worth it. Better to just add some bitters to tonic I think.

PBo83 Fri 05-Apr-19 10:00:47

The reason non-alcoholic drinks (including beers etc.) are more expensive is because they are made in the normal way and then they extract the alcohol from it so it is actually more work to make.

Personally I'd just drink dry tonic with some fruit in it.

BarbaraofSevillle Fri 05-Apr-19 10:06:51

Non alcoholic products may be more expensive to make, but they aren't taxed like alcohol, so you would have thought one would cancel out the other.

There's about £8 of alcohol tax on a standard 70 cl bottle of spirits that wouldn't apply on Seedlip.

If it was cheaper and I was confident it tasted remotely like gin, I might buy it, but too many people say it doesn't so it just doesn't sound worth it to me.

Girlwhowearsglasses Fri 05-Apr-19 13:53:48

Exactly •BarbaraofSeville* - £8 of free money, not even sugar tax!

*buys still* starts making non-alcoholic concoctions.

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