Ahead of of Junipalooza 2015, we wrote a little piece for Olive Magazine about our favourite international gins. We’ve included four of the ten we suggested below in case you needed some immediate Gin-spiration, but to read the full article – click here.
Hernö Juniper Cask – Sweden
Having only launched on the 1st of December 2012 as the first gin-only distillery in Sweden, Hernö Swedish Excellence Gin has already earned itself a well-established name. Hernö have now got a Navy Strength, an Old Tom, a Juniper Cask Aged Gin and Blackcurrant Gin in their burgeoning portfolio. All are worth trying should you get the chance but the Juniper Cask is completely unlike anything else you’ll ever taste or smell. Resinous and sappy wood, deep juniper and spice – much like visiting the distillery – it’s an absolute must do experience.
Gin Mare – Spain
Gin Mare has long been the reference point for a brand that’s pushed the boundary of what a “gin” could taste like. With rosemary, thyme, olive, and basil included in the botanical line up it’s unusual – savoury yet balanced and mixable. With a savvy brand team and distillers who’ve been making spirits for generations, Gin Mare has steadily established itself as one of the giants of the Spanish gin scene. If you haven’t tried this yet, you’ve missed out!
NY Distilling’s Perry’s Tot Navy Gin – New York, USA
NY Distilling have managed to create two unique gins that are picking up awards in competitions around the world. However, with craft distilling maintaining its appeal as more consumers search out for the stories behind product – New York Distilling Co’s biggest asset is provenance. In Perry’s Tot (which incidentally, was the first American Navy Strength Gin) – they use wild flower honey from upstate New York in the botanical line up. The gin is juniper forward surrounded by warming spice and earthy orange. It’s one that should go on any gin lover’s must try list, especially if you like the higher proof styles
Ferdinand’s Saar Gin – Germany
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin owes its name to the royal Prussian District Forester Ferdinand Geltz, the historical figure who also co-founded the VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zilliken estate, one of Germany’s finest vineyards. If provenance matters to you, the traceability of this gin is impeccable as the majority of the botanicals are locally sourced. In total, thirty organic botanicals are used to create the gin, which is then infused with Schiefer Riesling. To taste, the lavender and rosecups come to the fore and a Riesling wine backbone underpins the ensemble. The juniper doesn’t quite play second fiddle, but it’s much more subtle in this botanically intense gin.
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