You may have noticed that our gin cellar has been closed since February this year, this was due to some damage caused to it by road works. The time has come for repairs to be made, however the nature of the works means that we need to temporarily close whilst the repairs are undertaken. We look forward to welcoming you back in May.

Progress update – 12th April

Works are continuing in the cellar, they will need to be a little more extensive than originally thought and may involve digging up the street! We’ll keep you updated.

 

Whilst dry gin and the origins of the gin and tonic lie with all things red, white and blue it can be argued that the origins of the 21st century renaissance of the gin and tonic lie in Spain so it’s high time we turned our review focus towards our European friends and our taste buds alighted at Madrid’s Santamania distillery and their small batch gins lovingly made in their stills Lola and Vera.

At a respectable 41% abv Santamania London Dry is made from a base spirit produced from Spanish Tempranillo grapes and 14 botanicals. The botanicals are macerated, then distilled, the spirit is brought down to bottling strength with water from the Teide volcano and then the gin is then rested for 2 – 3 months.

The botanicals are an interesting mix of traditional London dry botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root, fresh lime and lemon, cinnamon, orris and liquorice. Together with a more contemporary set: pistachio, white pepper, dry ginger, rosemary and raspberries.

One the nose the grape base announces itself as lovely luscious green fruit notes, bright and sweet but not overpowering. There are hints of pine, earth notes and a hint of berry sweetness.

Tasted neat on ice the lead is bright green pine with a sherbet citrus. This is followed by a big punch of zingy pepper with a hint of earthy spice. There is liquorice sweetness in the linger and a luscious juicy texture from the grape based spirit.
With tonic the palette is transformed. A berry sweetness leads into fresh citrus and green juniper pine. A whisper of spice then yields into zingy pepper warmth in the linger. Distinctly Mediterranean in style with a highly satisfying mouthfeel Santamania makes a very drinkable gin and tonic which works well with a red berry garnish.

This is a satisfying gin and especially recommended if you are looking for the on trend berry flavours harmoniously balanced with traditional dry gin notes. Viva Espana!

 

 

Twelve keys is a gin made by the fantastic chaps at Sartorial Spirits that takes alchemy as its inspiration, and in particular the work of Basil Valentine who published his Twelve Keys text in 1599.

The origins of distilling are closely associated with alchemy. Early distillers believed that distilling captured  the quinta  – the quintessential essence – of a substance (‘Quintessential’ became’ essential’, which is why plant distillates are called essential oils). Early distillers / alchemists distilled everything from plants to precious stones in a search for the elixir of life and therein lie the origins of gin, juniper distillates (or strong waters as they were known in England) being thought to be good for everything from protection against venomous beasts to helping the memory and fortifying the sight.

Twelve Keys have done their research on alchemy and taken four moments in its history as inspiration to select twelve botanicals for their dry gin which make an intriguing mix: juniper, basil, angelica, gentian, caraway, cinnamon, frankincense, honey, apricot, fig, quince and orris.

And so how does this alchemic gin taste?

The nose is full and robust with fresh green notes with an underlying warm earthy spice.

Tasted neat, bright juniper with fresh green notes lead. There is a big peppery bite and a flood of warming spice followed by a sweet succulent fresh fruitiness in the linger. This is a well balanced complex gin that is easy and rewarding to sip neat.

With tonic (Fever Tree regular) a good fresh green nose remains.  On the palette fresh green and pine notes lead followed by a warming spice balanced by a full sweet fruity linger, the gin rounding out with a luxurious silky mouth feel.

Twelve Keys is an extremely drinkable, well balanced dry gin that uses an interesting and innovative mix of botanicals that balances juniper with sweet fruit notes. It makes a very moreish gin and tonic which we garnish with fresh basil.  I am sure Basil Valentine would approve!

 

Happy Holidays!

We are shut for our annual holiday over the festive period, and re-open refreshed on January 8th.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

 

We have two new tasting menus that showcase gins from the floral and fruit categories, flavour styles that are increasingly popular at the moment.

Our Fruit / Floral Tasting menu showcases floral and fruit forward gins:

  • Bloom Jasmine & Rose  43% – A new pink gin from Bloom, light and floral with delicate fruit notes.
  • Chamomile & Cornflower 39% – Made by Old Curiosity who grow all their own herbs. This gin has a vivid infusion of pure cornflower, naturally a vivid blue, and the subtle notes of chamomile.
  • Variorum 37.5% – The juniper and citrus flavours of King of Soho London Dry are complemented with pink berry notes of strawberry and vanilla. A fine berry gin inspired by the spirit of Soho.
  • Pomelo 41% – Made using Juniper, grapefruit, cox’s orange pipin, conference pears, wormwood and liquorice. Fresh and crisp with full-bodied citrus.

Our new Fruit Gin tasting menu showcases three sumptuous fruit gins:

  • Rhubarb Triangle 46% – sweet and fruity, made with fresh rhubarb from the famous Yorkshire rhubarb triangle.
  • Keepr’s Strawberry & Lavender 37.5% – A unique flavour packed gin made using a classic dry gin base enhanced with an infusion of fresh strawberries, lavender and a touch of honey.
  • York Roman Fruit 42.5% – A juniper led dry gin infused with fruits inspired by Yorks roman heritage including apples, strawberry and hibiscus.

These, along with a host of other fabulous fruit and floral gins are waiting for you here at The London Gin Club.

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