.7 continents gin – tbgc – batch #1

#WorldGinDay. Saturday 10th June 2017 is the ninth annual World Gin Day, and, as it appears, I have missed all eight previous editions. No big surprise really, since I have only become interested in the noble drink in the last year or so, but that is no reason for me not to join in on this special day and sample a special little something. Our friends at That Boutique-y Gin Company had sent us a sample of their 7 continents gin, concocted in collaboration with Emma Stokes, World Gin Day organiser, better known in the gin-circle as Gin Monkey. For this gin, they crafted a recipe with ingredients from all 7 continents, including Juniper from Europe, Liquorice Root from Africa, Cinnamon from Asia, Coriander from Australia, Angelica Root from North American and Lime from South America. Completing the seven, they used a pinch of sea salt harvested from waters originating in the Antarctic Ocean. Creative little bunch, them…

World Gin Day - 7 Continents Gin - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Gin Company)47.7% abv, €35 (per 50cl)

Sniffing the small tasting glass reveals an immediate strong juniper note on the nose with fresh squeezes of lime juice. This juice is gathered in a mortar where a combination of spices has just been ground. A balanced scent of coriander and fennel seeds, hints of mace, fennel, star anise and liquorice root are added into the mix, which all come back on the palate, right before the long, pleasant finish makes me crave for another pour.

Adding a 2:1 Tonic Water ratio into that next pour, brings out the fennel and anise, and points out the liquorice and mace a little more, making it a dangerously drinkable Gin & Tonic. No need to add a peel of lime here – everything is already there…

With a 2:1 Ginger Ale ratio, there is too much sweetness from the fizzy drink, where the gin is pushed to the back. Nice to get drunk on, but then you probably should have chosen a different drink, this gin is too nice to waste.

Conclusion: This is great. I want one of the 880 bottles. Now that Summer has finally started, I would not mind giving it another try. Or two. In a different glass too, needless to say…

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