Review: I was first introduced to Shrub some months ago by a friend who enjoys a Rum and Shrub on a regular basis. After my first taste I was completed hooked. The two drinks compliment each other perfectly - each bringing out the best flavour of the other and the overall effect is that of a rich liqueur. I have searched for it in vain at local outlets so was delighted to find it is available on line at TheDrinkShop. I am just about to place my first order!
Date of Review: Mon, 19 Mar 2007
Author: Robert Wallace
Review: I discovered this drink last year whilst on holiday in St Agnes, Cornwall. As an avid cocktail maker I am always having a nose at the bottles behind the bar whenever I go into a pub. I had never heard of Shrub before but recognised the Phillips label. The landlady gave me the story and my friend and I tried our first Rum & Shrub.
It is hard to describe the flavour as it is very unusual. Needless to say it is very sweet, almost like a brandy, as it was used to counteract the bitterness of sea water. And it is very warming. It is almost like a transparent filter for the rum. You taste the shrub first and then the rum afterwards. A very unique combination.You mix it as a measure of rum and a measure of Shrub.
I bought a bottle from a local off licence in St Agnes but it did not last long ! I was very pleased to find thedrinkshop.com where i can now replenish my stock whenever I run out. I have let all my friends try it and they all love it because it is so unusual. I have also been known to take the bottle with me into some of my local pubs where we add it to rum bought across the counter. I have had some interest from a couple of Landlords too so, you never know, we may see Shrub appearing in Hertfordshire one day.
Try Shrub out. It is gorgeous. It is a Cornish secret which I think should now be shared.