Gin number 2 for October (again there is no order to this) comes from a distillery we worked with on our second ever Gin Club event, those wonderful people over at Darnley’s View, however this time there is no London Dry and instead the spiced Gin, it is Halloween after all.
So let’s begin with some history on Darnley’s:
Darnley’s View Gin is created by the Wemyss Whiskey Company (Wemyss Malts) in fife.
The name Darnley’s View comes (apparently) from the moment when Mary Queen of Scots spied her husband and baby father to be Lord Darnley from a window in Wemyss Castle. Randomly every time I hear the name Wemyss I think of a school trip there. I think we also went to the Scottish Dear Centre that same day too.
You might remember the Darnley’s Gin we featured way back in August last year (the blog says August so I’m going with that), which is a stunning Gin, a lovely crafted smooth spirit. We served it with Fever Tree and Cape Gooseberries (Cape Gooseberries are easier for Dyslexics to spell than Physalis or pronounce).
In 2015 Darnley’s ventured out into a sister Gin the Darnley’s View Spiced Gin, which is what we are featuring in October.
The Spiced Gin is distilled using 10 botanicals: Juniper (it is a Gin), Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cumin, Ginger, Grains of paradise (BTW grains of paradise do not look as impressive as they sound), Cassia, Angelica and Coriander. Compared to the six botanicals in the original. It also comes in 2.7% stronger than the original Gin too. According to Wemyss they say that the stronger alcohol content helps bring out the spicy flavour. You will get no complaints from Gin Club on this alcohol increased – not that we are trying to promote excess drinking though.
This is a hard Gin to pin down. This is in no way a derogatory comment though, it’s great that you can’t pin down the Gin, it means every time you drink it, you get something else. The original citrus tastes you get from the normal Darnley’s view are there but they vanish quickly to a warm spice. Everyone who knows me knows I am a total wimp with spice, but this spice is perfect, it doesn’t over the Gin, its just there. I almost want to compare it to a mulled wine, but it’s nothing like it, it just give you that warmth and difference of flavour, most people know red wine and it’s taste but when you try a mulled wine it confuses the senses in all the right ways.
Well played Darnley’s.
So how are we serving it on Friday? Hehe that’s a surprise, but it will be in tea pots and will be warm.
Tickets for Fridays event: