Porters Gin. You Got Gin?
Back to Mexico I have come, and boy have I got something different for you this week. Instead of reviewing a clothing brand we shall be exploring the work of 3 chaps who produce a Gin that is beyond belief.
Gin, I'm sure you've drunk it (and if you haven't then you need to get on it) but do you know what it actually is? Well the botanicals used to create their superbly crafted gin are:
Juniper, angelica, almond, coriander, liquorice, lemon, orange, buddha’s hand, pink peppercorn, orris root, cassia bark and cinnamon.
I bet you never thought SO MANY things went into creating Gin? The chaps at Porters create their gin using a combination of both modern and traditional techniques. Using cold distillation allows them to extract light flavours from delicate botanicals normally damaged by heat. However, some botanicals are better distilled the old fashioned way, so they have developed their recipe with the UK’s oldest gin distillery, ensuring that they not only guarantee an incredible flavour but build upon tradition.
Porter’s began by combining the passions of Ben, Josh and Alex for good quality food and drink, with the aim of making a premium gin. Their ultimate goal was to create a recipe that tasted better than other gins, that THEY would be happy to drink over other brands. Balancing the flavour of botanicals in gin is clearly an art form. I mean I had no idea it was so complicated until I looked at the botanicals themselves! They soon became disillusioned with many existing brands who seemed to have stuck to known traditional recipes or by throwing in quirky botanicals simply to try and give themselves a unique selling point. This led them to years of experiments with distillation techniques and different botanicals from heather and grass to calamus root and sarsaparilla. Always sticking to the principal that every botanical should be used for a precise reason. Interestingly, they discovered the flavour of a single botanical can vary hugely depending on the temperature of distillation, and the way it has been prepared, dried or cut. They decided that their rotary evaporator was perfect for botanicals with lighter, fresher flavours, while the others were better distilled using a traditional copper pot still. The modern cold-distilled part of their gin is made in Aberdeen, Scotland and despite it being a region with a rich heritage of spirits production, they are the first gin distiller in the city for over 100 years. For the traditional part they worked with a UK distillery with over 250 years of experience in making gin, giving them the perfect fusion of old and new, allowing them to respect tradition while innovating. The result is a superior quality premium gin.
I have drunk a fair number of Gins in my time ranging from London Dry (Gordons), Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray London Dry, Beefeater, Oliver, Hendrix, Masters selection and now adding to that, Porters. Of the Gins I have mentioned above only two have really hit me straight away at the first sip. The first being Oliver's Gin, for the sole reason that it contains Mexican limes and a standard Oliver and Tonic is prepared with an Orange. So it is a very different proposition to anything else (and again only using ingredients that give them a USP). The second being Porters, I am going to put this in layman terms by comparing it to beer. I know its strange but if you're not a Gin fan its probably easier! You have your standard beer, Fosters or Heineken etc (in the case of Gin: Bombay, Beefeater, Gordons) and if they are there, sure you'll drink them, but thats not what you look for on the menu. They are very standard and if someone offers you an alternative, you'll more than likely take it (Personally I would drink Red Stripe over those beers). When you first go into a bar and have a quick gander at what they have on their drinks shelf your eyes should scan for this, because it is honestly a very very refreshing gin. Refreshing not just in taste but for the fact that I think this can turn into a classic and knock the old boys off their perch.
The logo is simple and memorable, the bottle again is intricate yet simplistic and the flavour is utterly distinctive. In a year full of Golds for GB, Porters couldn't resist but getting in on the act and 'The International Wine and Spirit Competition' gold medal they received this year is truly deserved and will be I'm sure, the first of many! Head over to their website by clicking any of the pictures in the blog and buy yourself a bottle. Christmas is coming and I'm sure your celebrations will only be enhanced by a few Porters and Tonics.
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