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Reviews of Non-Alcoholic and Low-Alcohol Drinks from Borrago

Borrago #47 Paloma Blend

  • Borrago
  • United Kingdom
  • 0 % ABV
  • 0 kcal/100ml

"Borrago is a new and exciting botanical non-alcoholic spirit built from the ground up to create a drink worth celebrating with. It is named after borage, a beautiful blue-purple edible flower" - Borrago

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Incredible alchemy

I have to say, I am pretty hard to please when it comes to NA spirits, especially ones that rely on botanicals, and this one I really wasn't convinced I was going to like when I opened the bottle and took in the powerful aroma. Named after the borage plant, I was expecting it to taste something like the flower I once tried on a foraging course, but clearly this is a lot more complex than that. The company boast that they built this drink from scratch and didn't try to emulate anything else. Brave. Like most NA spirits, this isn't something you try neat. However, against Borrago's advice - yes, I also never follow instructions when building furniture - I gave it a go. I won't be doing that again. Then I swallowed my pride and followed advice, adding a can of Indian tonic water to a small measure (i recommend less than 25ml). I didn't add anything else though, not even ice. My first sip immediately had me perplexed. How could adding tonic water transform this pungent watery liquid into something so incredible? I'm not really sure exactly how to describe it. Spicey? Not entirely. Floral? Not quite. Herbal? Somewhere in there. Whatever the 6 ingredients - I presume the recipe is kept in a safe somewhere underground guarded by huge Andalusian Woflhounds -  the way they have been crafted together without the use of alcohol and with zero calories is nothing short of alchemy. I have a feeling this drink may divide opinion a little, but that it will have quite wide spread appeal. The fact that I have now run out of tonic means it gets the drinkNAB seal of approval. 

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