Our second Gin (I say second but remember there are no rules to the order of things in Gin Club, just hand over the #GinMe card and ask for the one you want) we get the feature (says a very excited me) the wonderful Daffy’s Gin.
I first tried this wonderful stuff while doing my now frequent loitering in the Good Spirit Company hoping that Mark will see me standing around and say “have you tried this one”, regardless of if the answer is yes I will say no just so that he whips out some glasses and whatever bottles are open under the counter. On this particular occasion the answer was No. I had heard of and seen Daffy’s on the shelf but never tasted and hadn’t read about it (yet). But before I ramble on about 20 mins one day in the Good Spirit Co I should Segway back into Daffy’s Gin:
Founder Chris Molyneaux explains that he and the “Daffy’s team” spent 4 years on the Daffy’s journey learning, researching and testing.
Taking from their lovely website:
“We started by using the finest pure wheat grain spirit from northern France that we could find, then, distilling it in the same manner as malt whisky on an ancient single batch copper pot still. The botanicals that we steep and distil are a combination of the traditional – juniper, coriander seeds, cassia bark and the new – Lebanese mint and rare variety lemons.
The quality of the base spirit we use, along how we steep and distil our botanicals results in a deeply complex and well balanced spirit that is exceptionally good to drink on its own over ice, in cocktails or as a life-changing D&T with fresh mint and lime.
Lebanese mint as a botanical brings and extraordinary freshness to Daffy’s complimenting our other tasting notes of toffee, citrus, spice caramel and fresh mint”.
The Mint really makes the Gin stand out. Its tough to place this next to other Gins.
Daffy’s also comes in a little stronger than other Gins at 43.4% proof. I don’t know about the rest of you but I have grown accustom to stronger Gins over the years and need the larger alcohol content. It almost makes the strength of the flavours stand for me. This is probably a total contradiction.
Daffy’s is a perfected product; it feels like it’s afforded the same TLC of Tajima (Kobe Beef) cattle. It’s a Gin a choose to drink straight which for me is rare. When you first taste it, it doesn’t feel like a normal gin. It’s feels like a Gin Liqueur, which it clearly isn’t, it’s just crafted so well that it’s easy on the palate; this is a testament to creator Chris Molyneaux’s vision. There is the hit of Juniper but its masked behind the Lebanese mint. Again you would be fooled into thinking this could be a liqueur because of this, but it is most definitely a Gin, a rather perfect one. Chris thank you for crafting this!