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Tutored Tastings of Gin 2017

David T Smith

The world of gin is a fast-paced environment with constant innovation and there have been many new releases since last year’s Ginposium. This session looks at some of the more interesting new releases, as well as gin trends on which to keep an eye.

Herno Swedish Rose (46.2% ABV)
Herno Distillery
Dala, Sweden
www.hernogin.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, lemon peel, cassia bark, vanilla, black peppercorns, meadowsweet, lingon berries, and rose.

Spirit aged in a cask made from juniper wood is also added after distillation

Moonshot Gin (46.6% ABV)
That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, UK
www.thatboutiqueygincompany.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, cubeb pepper, fresh lemon peel, and lunar meteorite.

Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin (40.4% ABV)
Sipsmith Distillery
London, UK
www.sipsmith.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals: include Juniper, coriander, angelica, dried Seville lemon, pot-distilled and vapour-infused fresh lemon, lemon verbena, and lemon myrtle

Rarity #2 Gin (ABV TBC)
Poetic License Distillery
Sunderland, UK
www.poeticlicensedistillery.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals include: Juniper, coriander, caraway, basil, and cherry.

Hendrick’s Orbium Quininated Gin (43.4% ABV)
Girvan Distillery, William Grant & Sons Ltd.
Girvan, Scotland, UK
https://uk.hendricksgin.com/orbium
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals include: Juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon, orange, orris, caraway, cubeb, chamomile, elderflower, yarrow, and an infusion of quinine, wormwood, and blue lotus flowers.

Hayman’s Cordial Gin (42.0% ABV)
Hayman’s Distillery
www.haymansgin.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals include: Juniper, angelica, coriander, liquorice, orris root, orange & lemon peels, cassia, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Big Gin Barrel Rested (47.0% ABV)
Captive Spirits
Seattle, USA
www.captivespiritsdistilling.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelica, bitter orange, Grains of Paradise, cassia, cardamom, orris, and Tasmanian Pepperberry.
Aged for 6 months in ex-Heaven Hill Bourbon Casks

Spit-roasted Pineapple Gin (40.1% ABV)
That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, UK
www.thatboutiqueygincompany.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelica, orange, lemon, nutmeg, cassia, cinnamon, orris, and liquorice. After distillation, the gin is infused with spit-roasted, caramelised pineapple.

 

David T. Smith
Summer Fruit Cup