Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). From its earliest origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved over the course of a millennium from a herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Gin was developed on the basis of the older Jenever, and became widely popular in Great Britain when William of Orange, leader of the Dutch Republic, occupied the English and Scottish thrones with his wife Mary. Today, the gin category is one of the most popular and widely distributed range of spirits, and is represented by products of various origins, styles, and flavour profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common ingredient.
Juniper-flavoured spirit drinks
This includes the earliest class of gin, which is produced by pot distilling a fermented grain mash to moderate strength (e.g. 68% ABV), and then redistilling it with botanicals to extract the aromatic compounds. It must be bottled at a minimum of 30% ABV. Juniper-flavoured spirit drinks may also be sold under the names Wacholder or Genebra.
This is a juniper-flavoured spirit made not via the redistillation of botanicals, but by simply adding approved natural flavouring substances to a neutral spirit of agricultural origin. The predominant flavour must be juniper.
Distilled gin is produced exclusively by redistilling ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin with an initial strength of 96% ABV (the azeotrope of water and ethanol) in stills traditionally used for gin, in the presence of juniper berries and of other natural botanicals, provided that the juniper taste is predominant. Gin obtained simply by adding essences or flavourings to ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin is not distilled gin.
London gin is obtained exclusively from ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin with a maximum methanol content of 5 grams per hectolitre of 100% ABV equivalent, whose flavour is introduced exclusively through the re-distillation in traditional stills of ethyl alcohol in the presence of all the natural plant materials used, the resultant distillate of which is at least 70% ABV. London gin may not contain added sweetening exceeding 0.1 grams of sugars per litre of the final product, nor colorants, nor any added ingredients other than water. The term London gin may be supplemented by the term "dry".
Aviation belongs to an entirely new category of dry gins. These gins embody a shift away from the usual overabundance of juniper toward a more forward balance of botanicals. Aviation explores the rich, floral and savory notes of lavender, cardamom, and sarsaparilla to capture the lushness, spice, creativity, and freshness of the Pacific Northwest. In this way, we offer the American palate its first real taste of American gin.
Produced at Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, New York's first licensed distillery since Prohibition, Brooklyn Gin is distilled from grain and infused with hand-cracked juniper berries, freshly cut citrus peels and other locally sourced botanicals. Crisp, clean and balanced, Brooklyn offers bright fruit notes supported by a bold juniper backbone which lingers through the smooth, dry finish.
Product of New York
A beautiful pale gold, Citadelle Gin Réserve RETAINS the aromatic palette and the crisp vividness of Citadelle Gin and is enriched with a soft fullness. Extremely delicate until the end.
The fresh and spicy aroma of juniper, citrus and star anise are always very present to the scent as well as the taste. It is revealed progressively with subtle and delicate flavours of vanilla, flowers, cinnamon and wood.
Product of France
Botanicals in Organic Balance
Farmer’s Organic Gin is handcrafted in small batches from carefully selected botanicals and the purest grains. Providing a pristinely clean palette for the artful infusion of botanicals, the distillate is made from sustainably farmed grain grown in the U.S. Certified organic by the USDA, Farmer’s Gin possesses a complexity and unique taste profile due to its remarkably balanced selection of botanicals, including juniper, elderflower, lemon grass, coriander, and angelica root.
Why we call it Farmer’s
In order to produce a flavorful organic gin, we sought out farmers dedicated to sustainability and preserving the earth. We found four farms growing organic crops that could help us create the highest quality organic gin. We think that there is no better way to honor our farmers than by naming our organic gin after them.
Style: Organic Gin
To create our Barrel Aged Gin we first batch distill in our CARL stills using the same botanicals as our Rare Dry Gin. Then we transfer the gin into a solera of nine French oak chardonnay barrels, each with a subtly different character. Every six months, Cameron tastes the barrels and then blends a portion of each to create this complex, nuanced and entirely too sippable gin.
This is the fifth release to come from the barrels in our original solera, which still retain some gin from the first time we filled them on Christmas Eve 2013. Solera No_5 shows a nice balance between intensity and fragrance, with the barrels continuing to build complexity and flavour without losing the primary botanical characters. The solera continues to integrate the oak and botanicals while building weight and texture on the palate.
The colour is a little darker than Solera No_4, which is due to an extra couple of months in oak. Aromas of resinny juniper, preserved lemon and ginger have built nicely in barrel. Despite not using any ginger in the distillations this solera has an almost signature preserved ginger character. It is richly spiced and intense with a soft mouthfeel. Sip neat, over ice, or in a classic Martinez.
This gin was originally the result of a conversation between Cameron (our distiller) and Jason (then Group Bars Manager at Keystone, and one of the World’s Top Ten Bartenders) back in 2014 - they wanted to create a gin specifically for the Negroni. Something to cut through the Campari and vermouth. And as the Negroni has always been a favourite at Four Pillars, Cameron jumped at the chance to make the first collaboration in our Bartender Series a tribute to the very definition of a perfectly balanced cocktail.
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin is a highly aromatic, rich and (yes) spicy gin with great power and intensity. First, we took our base botanicals and upped the amount of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and cinnamon. Then we added an exotic West African spice called Grains of Paradise. This is one of the most unusual spices in the world, with clove and sichuan characters. But although very powerful, the spice tends to glow rather than become hot.
We also decided to use beautiful organic blood oranges in the botanical basket, as well as some ginger. These wonderfully fragrant fresh botanicals help lift the spice to another level. Finally, we opened up the plates to add weight and intensity to the gin.
They steeped Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in with Rare Dry Gin for eight weeks. This resultant gin is an incredibly rich, deep purple colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda. Aromatically it has fresh pine needles, citrus and spice, and a clear peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate is sweet, with a long juniper and spice character on the finish.
Four Pillars Navy Strength is a gin very much in the style of the Rare Dry Gin but with the volume turned up slightly beyond 11. At 58.8% ABV the gin can support some more robust and interesting botanicals, so there are three new botanicals that are both new (and fresh), including fresh turmeric and ginger. Together they have heightened the spiciness of the gin, and the turmeric in particular has added weight and a lovely earthiness to the palate. Also in the botanical basket about half the normal oranges have been replaced with some explosive native finger limes, grown in Byron Bay. They have an intensity of flavour and acid that is almost impossible to believe, and in the basket they help the gin attain super citrus notes and lovely high-toned freshness.
Based on a strong belief people should drink better, not more, Four Pillars is leading the charge to elevate the craft of distilling and celebrate the craft of cocktail making in Australia. Their Rare Dry Gin is made in a truly modern Australian style, capturing the flavours of both Asia and the Mediterranean with a mix of local and exotic botanicals (even using fresh oranges as one of its botanicals rather than dried orange peel). Each bottle is individually numbered, hand labelled and produced in small batches from their small distillery in the Yarra Valley.
Gin Mare is authentically Mediterranean, infusing 4 unique botanicals: Arbequina olives, basil, rosemary and thyme alongside the more traditional ones. A lightness is created by the citrus and basil with a savoury olive undertone.
Vol: 700 ml
The name Floraison means “flowering”, the key moment in the life cycle of the vine and the perfect description for a gin that is fresh and floral, refreshing yet round and smooth, evoking the very essence of springtime in the vineyards, when the air is filled with fragrance of blossoming vine flowers.
A unique gin that surprises both connoisseurs and those new to gin, at an elegant 40% ABV, G’Vine Floraison is equally enjoyed at home in a refreshing Gin & Tonic and a summer cocktail.
It is made at the Langley Distillery in the Black Country using traditional methods and craftsmanship. ‘Angela’, a century old gem of a copper pot still, is the star of the show and, before distillation, the grain spirit and the botanicals are left to steep overnight in her generous expanse. Martin Miller’s prides itself on taking a smaller percentage of the spirit during the long slow process of distillation. But that’s not the only thing that’s special about this gin. The botanicals recipe is a taste feast with juniper and other common botanicals like coriander, angelica, orange peel and orris root but also the less often used cassia and cinnamon bark, ground nutmeg and liquorice and one other secret ingredient, believed to be cucumber.
Like all gins Martin must be reduced with water to its bottling strength of 40% abv. Miller’s Gin however takes this to an almost obsessive extreme transporting the elixir on a 3,000 mile round trip to Borganes in Iceland to be blended with what is considered to be the purest water on the planet. Filtered through lava formed millions of years ago, Icelandic glacial water imparts a freshness and smoothness to the taste of Martin Miller’s whilst also contributing greatly to its much vaunted silky texture. The end result of all this hard work is a gin that is gentle in the mouth with fragrant, slightly spicy aromas and a well balanced botanicals profile with strong hints of Parma violet and lavender. This unique taste profile makes Martin Miller’s the ideal gin for a host of new wave gin drinks with fresh, clean, natural flavours.
Is this just another Gin?
Certainly Not! Admittedly, it appears somewhat eccentric to claim that a recipe for gin has the power to unite great British traditions, the exoticness of India, and the purity and nativeness of the Black Forest. And yet it is precisely this eccentricity that defines the enigmatic character of Montgomery Collins, from whom our Schwarzwald Dry Gin originates. MONKEY 47 - Distilled from 47 predominantly unusual but regional botanicals such as lingonberries and blended with natural spring water.