Botanical Eater (Botanivore) – St George

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

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.

If you still need tickets follow the below link:

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/artist/glasgow-gin-club-tickets/944334

Thanks

Graeme

Daffy’s Gin

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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!

Thanks

Graeme