Monday, 29 June 2015

Noob's Summer gin guide

Top crafty brands for the gin lovers

1) Gin Mare

A very savory gin with plenty of Mediterranean essence, a wonderful gin for food pairing.

Gin Mare is produced in a small fishing village on the Costa Dorada in Spain using botanicals all sourced within the Mediterranean area. Arbequina olives, basil, rosemary and thyme add to the commonplace botanicals to produce this Mediterranean styled gin. The savoury, herbal elements are immediately evident when tasting neat.

RPP: £40

2) Monkey 47

A much more fruitier and sweeter gin compared to your standard London dry style, Monkey 47 is a very sippable gin.

This much sought after gin is made with no less than 47 botanicals, including lingon berries and, somewhat unusually, cranberries. It is made in very small batches, in a small custom made still, at a distillery based in an 18th century mill in the Black Forest in Germany. It was created by Alex Stein and Christoph Keller and inspired by Montgomery Collins who first produced a gin in the Black Forest in the 1950s.

RPP: £40

3) FEW Barrel 

A gin for brown spirits lovers, the additional ageing method gives the gin a touch of oaky and spicy flavour. 

Made using un-aged whiskey (white dog) FEW's Barrel-Aged Gin is subsequently matured in oak barrels to create a truly game changing craft spirit. Exuding subtle notes of fennel & peppery spices, while a smoky smoothness from the charred barrel permeates the juniper, this barrel-aged spirit tastes like gin, but has the maturity of a bourbon.

RPP: £40

4) G Vine

A French gin distilled from grape spirit, resulting in a dry and floral gin with a smooth finish.

The delicate craft contributes to the unique and sophisticated, yet light and smooth taste that is inherent to G'Vine. From the first taste, G'Vine is delicate and floral, evolving into spicy warmth with an extremely long finish. The subtle aromatic vine flower, together with the grape spirit, softens the traditional juniper taste inherent in most gins. G'Vine is unique because it is made from grape neutral spirit, smooth and well balanced in the mouth.

RPP: £32

5) Caorunn

A Scottish gin using wild Scottish botanicals, it has a delightful fresh aroma and works extremely well in a G&T.

Infused with hand-picked botanicals, inspired by Celtic tradition. Created from the Celtic landscape. Caorunn is a dry and crisp, aromatic taste adventure with a long dry finish. Perfectly clear like pure Scottish water. Fresh, floral, citrus, slightly spicy and aromatic. Clean, crisp, sweet, full bodied and aromatic. Invigorating, long lasting, refreshing, crisp and slightly drying. Caorunn gin is infused with five celtic botanicals, including the fabled rowan berry with six traditional botanicals including juniper berries, orange peel and coriander seed.

RPP: £28

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