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The Rise of Asian Gins - Ginposium 2023

Anand Virmani

Nao Spirits & Beverages

Gin Guild Warden member Anand Virmani, of Goa based NAO Spirits & Beverages, presents a view on these new challengers, including those of his own company, from the country that launched the winning combination of gin and tonic.

Anand helped kick start the Gin revolution in India by launching the country’s first Craft Gins – Hapusa, a contemporary Himalayan Dry Gin and Greater Than, a classic London Dry Gin.

Over three years, he has been distilling these award-winning Gins and taking them and their stories across the country and the world.

 

Gin-Note™ for gins in this presentation:

DOJA Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Elegant and Perfumed

An intense infusion of Japanese forest leaves and wood chips with undertones of warming cardamom and yuzu

Ideal mixer: Classic tonic

Recommended garnish: Slice of fresh pink grapefruit

Ideal serve: Premium tonic and a dash of fresh orange or pink grapefruit juice. For the explorers, Doja makes excellent dry Martinis and gin sours

ABV: 42.8%

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice
Yuzu
Japanese cedar leaves

Peddler’s Shanghai Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Refined and Resinous

Inspired by the world's biggest trading port, Peddlers Gin uses a blend of Western and the Far East botanicals.

Ideal mixer: Mediterranean Tonic

Recommended garnish: Lemon and pink peppercorn

Ideal serve: G&T

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice

Tanglin Singapore Asian Craft Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Impressive and Quirky

The vibrant flavours of traditional Asian ingredients like Young Ginger and Makrut Lime Leaves are expertly distilled with Chilli, Cassia,

Ideal mixer: Classic tonic

ABV: 42%

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice
Makrut Lime Leaf
Young Ginger

Archipelago Botanical Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Elegant and Citrus

ARC Botanical Gin is crafted from a rare and wonderful blend of 28 exotic botanicals, 22 of which are foraged from across the Philippines.

Ideal mixer: Light Tonic

Recommended garnish: Juniper berries, pomelo slice

Ideal serve: Gin & Tonic

ABV: 45%

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice
Pomelo
Sampaguita

Saigon Baigur Dry Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Impressive and Spice

Inspired by Vietnamese spice flavour. Outspoken at the start, complex spices in the middle, ending in the smooth finish.

Ideal mixer: Classic tonic

Recommended garnish: lemon & thyme

Ideal serve: Gin & tonic

ABV: 43%

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice
Buddha's hand
Black Cardamom

Hapusa Himalayan Dry Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Smooth and Earthy

Pine forest and wildflowers on the nose with a bold earthiness on the palate and a long, delicately smoked, finish.

Ideal mixer: Classic tonic

Recommended garnish: Holy Basil / Mint

Ideal serve: Frozen, Straight up

ABV: 43%

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice
Himalayan juniper
Turmeric

Ki No Tea Kyoto Dry Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Delicate and Creamy

Strong, sweet green tea flavours joined by subtle juniper and yuzu with a creamy mouthfeel.

Ideal mixer: Mizuwari

Ideal serve: Serve 50/50 with chilled mineral water or soda water over cubed ice

ABV: 45.1%

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice
Gyokuro & Tencha

Iron Balls Gin

Gin-Note™ Flavour Guidance

Nuanced and Citrus

An unconventional Gin born in Bangkok, with local ingredients, it took two year to find the perfect formulae, then Iron Balls was born.

Ideal mixer: Classic tonic

Recommended garnish: A slice of pineapple and basil

Ideal serve: Gin & Tonic

ABV: 40%

Juniper
Citrus
Floral
Fruit
Herbal
Spice
Kaffir Lime
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