Ceder’s Classic Non Alcoholic Gin Review. Exotic botanicals


The world of the non alcoholic spirit world is undergoing a huge expansion. Lots of craft distillers are popping up with premium products, made from premium ingredients but then charging premium prices.

One such distilled spirit, which is basically a non alcoholic gin, is Ceder’s Classic. The labelling tells us it is handcrafted with rare and exotic ingredients but does that result in a great product? This is my Ceder’s Classic non alcoholic gin review.

What type of spirit is Ceder’s Classic?

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Well, the official term Ceder’s are using is just “non alcoholic spirit” however, it is not a leap of fait to suggest this is a non alcoholic gin.

The main ingredient in a London Dry gin is juniper as well as a host of botanicals, which’s is exactly what Ceder’s has. To be a full “non alcoholic gin” they will likely have to have a higher concentration of juniper flavours but if you are buying this, you are expecting a gin.

How is Ceder’s Classic made?

In general, non alcoholic gin is made in the same way as traditional gin. Botanicals are macerated in a 96% ABV neutral alcohol or the alcohol is infused through them in a vapour. 

Over multiple rounds of distillation the alcohol is removed leaving just the botanical flavours and aromatic compounds in water.

Ceder’s Classic Ingredients

Unlike a beer ingredients list or even some other spirits, the ingredients list in a gin usually looks a bit barren. The secret sauce is the list of botanicals they use to make the gin and then flavour the final product

Ceder’s Classic include…

  • Water
  • Extracts and flavours
  • Natural botanical distillates

They tell us it is made with juniper and some exotic botanicals from the Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape (although produced in Sweden).

There is definitely juniper and coriander as that is on the bottle. The website adds in rooibos, which many will know as red bush and usually associate with a no caffeine tea. The rooibos is supposed to add floral notes to the juniper base.

Ceder’s Classic Nutrition

Apart from the obvious no alcohol, they next biggest plus point in my book for the alcohol free gins is the absolutely huge calorie savings on offer.

Below is the outstanding nutrition profile of a 50ml serving of Ceder’s Classic.

Per 100ml Per 50ml serving
Alcohol0.5%0.5%
Calories 0kcal0kcal
Carbohydrate0g0g
Sugars0g0g
Ceder’s Classic Nutritional Data

Well what can i say. You really can’t be a drink with no calories, carbs or sugar. Although with 0.5% ABV, the alcohol should have some calories so i don’t know where these go!

If we compare this calorie count to what a standard measure of gin will contain you will see just how big a saving you are getting…

GinKcal count per 1.5 fl oz% of calories 
Standard USDA measure gin97100%
Ceder’s Classic00%
Gordon’s 0.0%55%
Tanqueray 0.0%55%
Clean Co Clean G Rhubarb 0.5%12.413%
Non alcoholic gin comparison

The standard non alcoholic gins of Gordon’s 0.0 and Tanqueray 0.0 have a tiny amount of calories but Ceder’s manages to beat even then. Much like the Seedlip collections actually.

For a full review of calories in non alcoholic and alcohol free gin, you can read my article on it here

The Look

Ceder’s comes in a 500ml bottle which makes it look smaller but manageable. The styling is light and classy with white and embossed gold labelling. The label showcases a variety of the botanicals used and it does make a good impression.

The gin itself is crystal clear.

The Aroma

There is a big citrus heavy smell. Far more than the straight down the middle juniper players like Gordon’s 0.0 and Tanqueray 0.0.

Not quite the tropical citrus of Lyre’s gin, which is a good thing but more potent overall than Sipsmith FreeGlider. It is intriguing and there are certainly an array of botanicals in this which makes it worth drinking

The Taste

The taste is pretty much as the aroma would suggest. The big mouth drying juniper gin hit is muted but still there. You don’t finish a mouthful and need to check it really is non alcoholic like I did with Gordon’s 0.0 tho.

There is quite a perfumed, fragrant, lemony citrus taste which whilst pleasant, is a tad underwhelming. 

It is hard to pick out these rare and exotic botanicals, probably because I would never have encountered them before. However, they aren’t hit you in the face strong, although a refined gin probably shouldn’t be like that. 

There is a tiny bitter aftertaste which detracts from the end feel.The price point is around the Caleno Light and Zesty level, which is more than Gordon’s 0.0 and Tanqueray 0.0 but lower than Lyre’s. I know which I would be buying.

The Verdict

Not a bad effort and a bit different from some of the gins on the market but if you just want a like for like gin replacement, there are better and cheaper options. Gordon’s or Tanqueray 0.0 for example. 

It is light, lemony and refined tasting and I’m sure this will appeal to many over the summer

The Score

7.5/10

A decent gin but isn’t going to set any tongues wagging.

If you are offered it, then you will have a pleasant enough drink but when deciding which 1 or 2 gins to buy for your home dry bar, there are definitely better options. 

I have written 11 reasons you should try non alcoholic gin, an overview of why the market is so popular now.

Non alcoholic gin also has a number of surprising health benefits if you needed any more reasons to get trying today.

Where to buy Ceder’s Classic?

You can buy this on Amazon, if you would like to see the live price then click on this link.

I can’t really find it in any supermarkets at the minute.

You can check out additional stockists in your area via the Ceder’s website

*Affiliate Disclosure – if you click on the links and buy from these providers, i might receive a small commission*

Is Ceder’s Classic really alcohol free?

Not quite.

There is a distinction between non alcoholic and alcohol free. You can read all about it on my article here, including how to read the labels.

Ceder’s classic has 0.5% alcohol by volume which classifies it as “non alcoholic”. An alcohol free drink has to have less than 0.05%.

However, 0.5% ABV is still extremely low and many foods and drink have similar alcohol contents.

For context, an orange juice will have about 0.5% alcohol by volume as can some breads.

To read about the surprising alcohol in common foods and drink, click here

Can you get drunk on Ceder’s Classic?

To get drunk, you need to drink x320 1.5fl oz shots of Ceder’s classic in less than 2 hrs.

This equals 480fl oz of Ceder’s classic, 3.5 gallons of Ceder’s classic or 14.2 litres of Ceder’s classic in 2hours. 

Anther way to look at it is you will have to drink x8 1.5fl oz shots of Ceder’s classic, every 3mins, for 2 hours, to get drunk.

It is not possible to drink 480fl oz of Ceder’s classic in 2 hours, so it is not possible to get drunk on Ceder’s classic.

Is Ceder’s Classic gluten free? 

Yes, Ceder’s Classic is gluten free. No grains are used and if they were, the gluten would not survive the distillation process.

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information on gluten in drinks

Is Ceder’s Classic vegan?

Ceder’s Classic is indeed vegan, as are all their gins, both alcoholic and alcohol free.

For more on vegan gins see my article on the matter. Why gins may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
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SUMMARY

Not a bad effort and a bit different from some of the gins on the market but if you just want a like for like gin replacement, there are better and cheaper options. Gordon’s or Tanqueray 0.0 for example. 

3.8

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