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Douglas fir? In a gin? Let's see what the judges at the Great Taste awards 2019 have to say:
“A clear gin with pleasing viscosity and an immediately appealing nose, intensely aromatic of herbs: lavender, rosemary perhaps and yes, fir needles. Coriander follows on with a lower noted presence. Wonderfully oily on the palate, great mouthfilling presence, releasing a zesty citrus presence. The flavour journey is delighting us.”
Wow, no wonder they awarded this gin 3*s. That's kind of a big deal.
700ml - 41.5%
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Aside from it winning one of the most prestigious awards going, there are 2 things to say about this fantastic gin. First, the bottle. Beautiful, yes, but also more than that. The coloured bands each represent the flavour contribution of each of the botanicals. Clever.
Secondly, the distilling methodology. Head distiller, Richard, uses two methods to draw the best out of each botanical. Some respond best to 'hot' distilling, while others prefer the gentler treatment of cold, vacuum distilling. So he does both. And then mixes or 'twists' them together. Hence 'Twisting Spirits'.
Mary and Richard recommend garnishing with a slice of red grapefruit. Just be careful not to over do it as you’ll miss the intricacies of the Douglas-Fir. Serve with a premium unflavoured tonic or choose a grapefruit flavoured tonic to really highlight the notes of this complex gin.
The first thing that strikes you about the 3 distilled gins from Twisting Spirits is the beautiful, vibrant bottles. Is that shallow? Maybe, but let's come back to it later, because, fortunately, what's inside the bottle backs up the brand.
The 'twisting' refers to the process that Richard has devised to capture the best of the range of botanicals that make up each expression. Some botanicals are best when heated in a typical hot distillation process (juniper, for example), while others are better off cold distilled. At Twisting Spirits, they do both. And then 'twist' them together. Clever.
The flavour profile that is the result of this is then visually captured on the bottle. Each band represents a botanical, and the size of it represents the potency on the palate. As a bonus, it basically looks like full-blown art too.More about Twisting Spirits