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Twisting Spirits do it again. Their Earl Grey expression is a beauty and, let's face it, the bottle is a work of art. What's more, this particular work of art means something. It's the DNA of the gin - the coloured bars are a cheerful expression of each and every botanical used in the making of the gin.
Inside the bottle, head distiller Richard has used both hot and cold distillation techniques to draw the best out of each botanical - some are better off heated, while others prefer a gentler approach. These two distillates are then 'twisted' together, hence Twisting Spirits.
It's subtler than the name suggests - not a flavoured gin, but just one with a "lovely waft of black tea on the nose while drinking", in the words of the Great Taste award judges.
700ml - 41.5%
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The taste is, in fact, citrussy and floral, with 'a sense of high tea'. The tea is sourced from an independent family business specialising in high quality teas.
Mary and Richard recommend serving with a slither of Lemon Zest, or a slice of lemon works really well. You can also add a sprig of Rosemary to bring out those earthy notes from the tea.
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