This is the overproof version of Geranium Gin. 55% is the perfect alcohol strength to add more weight and enhance the pleasantness of the botanicals, still retaining the smooth and well-balanced impression that signifies Geranium Gin. Geranium is distilled with fresh and dry botanicals, including juniper, geranium, lemon, orange, coriander, cassia, orris, angelica, liquorice. The botanicals are matured for 48 hours and then distilled in "Constance", a 100 year old Gin copper pot still. 2014 is Geranium Gin's 5th year anniversary and to celebrate this properly this Overproof Gin was created. Geranium Gin 55 can be used for those times when more intensity of the cocktail is needed and will be the perfect choice for a Dry Martini, G&T or Negroni and any other drink where a more powerful Gin has it's place.
The Geranium flower in a Gin, actually a good idea!
Henrik Hammer, the master distiller, got aware of geranium as a potential botancial for his Gin because of the smell from the leaves. It is almost like a Gin and Tonic itself. Besides that, geranium has been used for centuries for healing purposes and chefs use it for flavouring food. So the history and the usage is very similar to juniper. When he made the chemical analysis of the plant, he found out that the significant oils in geranium (geraniol, geraniol formate, linalol, rose oxide, citronelol) are as well present in most fruits, vegetables and spices. And geranium is being used together with the main ingredients in Gin (juniper, lemon, coriander, angelica) in the therapeutic world. Therefore geranium did a theoretic good match with both Gin and wide variety of the mixers that bartenders uses today to make new and exciting cocktails. The challenge was now to get the oils out of the geranium by distilling it in alcohol (normally the oils are extracted by vapour/steam pressure) to be able to end up with a London Gin. Fortunately his father was a chemist, having worked with essential oils for the perfume and food industry in decades, He supported him experimenting with the botanical and after a few weeks they managed to find out how the geranium should be processed, matured and distilled to get the oils out that they needed. The final recipe they have made provides the Gin with different tastes and flavours depending of which mixers are used. Due to the abilities of the oils mentioned before, Geranium Gin is also called the "chameleon" in the professional bartender world.
|Country of Origin:||United Kingdom|
|Tasting Notes:||Smooth and well balanced with floral flavors and crispyness|