St. George – Botanivore
Rolling on for the October Event, and no we haven’t made it a Halloween them, Stuart will look just as scary though. Our first Gin to announce comes from those special distillers from across the Atlantic, St. George Botanivore. Those of you who have been reading this or coming to our “tasting” events will know we featured Stuarts Favorite Gin the Terroir. A Gin which both Stuart and I always keep stocked up. I think collectively we sell out the Good Spirit’s company stock of this fine product over few months or so. I also bought Stuart a bottle to say “thanks for being my best man”. Although he doesn’t deserve any thanks because he didn’t actually complete his “tying the knot” duties, and thus my marriage is probably null and void.
St. George Spirits was established by Jörg Rupf in 1982 after arriving in America from the Black Forest, Germany. It has taken them up to 30 years to grow into the distillery they are today from a one man to an ex Naval hangar, producing three gins along with other spirits.
Botanivore, or as St George call it “botanical eater,” is made up of 19 different botanicals working in “concert”, which is a lot, that’s getting up there with fellow namesake The Botanist.
St George say “Think of a meadow in bloom—herbaceous, fresh, and elegant”.
The botanicals are angelica root, bay laurel, bergamot peel, black peppercorn, caraway, cardamom, cilantro, cinnamon, citra hops, coriander, dill seed, fennel seed, ginger, juniper berries, lemon peel, lime peel, orris root, Seville orange peel, star anise!
Botanivore is very floral, there is that steady hit of Juniper (it is a gin) but it is hidden, you taste it first then it plays hide and seak. What starts to come forward on the nose is the cardamom, fennel and anise.
Tasting it you know straight away like the Terroir that this is a herbaceous Gin, with pine and citrus up front, and a peppery herbal complexity which hangs around until its finished. It really is a marvellous product.
St George just seem to nail this fresh mountain garden taste. It’s hard to describe it. But I imagine drink Botanivore while summiting a munro on a stunning day. I might try it actually.
We will be serving this beauty of a Gin as a G&T with Fever tree Tonic and Lemon peel. The citrus fruits can easily be masked behind the herbs so it will work perfectly. The Fever Tree won’t kill the subtle juniper flavour. Oh I think I will have one later.
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