There are just so many great gins to choose from in our gin sale, but where to start? Well I took a look at a trio of new Irish gins a couple of weeks ago (which you can check out here) so I thought it was time to do the same for some international gins. We have over 30 Irish and international gins on offer in our Gin Sale so here is just a taster of three imported gins, two new to our shelves and one venerable favourite. Each offers something different and are well worth 'traveling' for.
The first gin on my list is Brooklyn Gin. As you may guess this one comes in from America. Having previously worked for Bacardi owners Joe Santos and Emil Jattne decided to go out on their own and launched Brooklyn gin in 2010. And I’m sure they are glad they did with numerous gold and double gold awards now under their belts. Those awards don’t come easy however and a lot of care and attention goes into the making of this gin. The distilling process takes three days to complete, producing just 300 bottles per batch. Attention to detail for the botanicals is also evident and a lot of fresh cut citrus peel goes into the recipe which are clearly defined on the palate melding with herbal and spice notes.
Next up on my list of must tires is Brockmans gin hailing from England. Though distilled on a 100-year-old copper pot still, this is very much a contemporary style gin which eschews the traditional juniper lead flavour profile for a softer, more fruit lead approach. The unique fruit driven botanical recipe favours blueberry and blackberry for a juicy and extremely smooth profile yet the finish remains dry and crisp balancing out the fruity palate.
Most gins are based on a neutral grain spirt, my final pick this week begins a little differently. G’Vine Nouaison hails from France’s Cognac region and uses a grape spirit distilled from the local Ugni Blanc grape. This gives the gin a silky smooth body and flavour which compliments the spicier elements of fresh ginger, juniper and coriander. The grape theme continues with the botanical addition of grape vine flowers, distantly evident on the palate. The floral character mixed with the spicier elements makes this a great alternative for those who favour classic London Dry style gins but are looking for something a little different.