I’m already aware that all gins aren’t created equally. But it became abundantly clear at this year’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic when a vintage Beefeater’s gin from 1971 was opened for sampling…so smooth especially when iced…KISS was certainly cognizant of that fact when they penned their hit song Cold Gin. And now that hot weather has arrived, gin is the perfect liquor to mix with thirst quenching citrus juices. But sampling the following 3 Hayman‘s gins was a rarefied experience unto its own well worth replicating at home:
London Dry – consists of 10 natural botanicals handpicked from around the world yielding a fresh crisp and elegant flavor. Here are the highlights that make this one extra special:
- Top quality Juniper berries & angelica roots are harvested in France producing its distinctive dry character.
- Coriander seeds imported from France combined with Liquorice give it complexity.
- Orris root sourced from Italy yields a scented flavor and is an essential part of the blend as it holds the other flavors together.
- Orange and lemon peel sourced from Spain is hand-peeled and left to dry in the Spanish sunshine capturing the oils making it extra citrusy and crisp yet uniquely balanced.
Old Tom Gin – still made from the original Old Tom Gin recipe in the family archives, this one is also botanically-intensive yet lightly sweetened delivering a balanced and mild undertone.
1820 Gin Liqueur – the world’s first gin liqueur made from Hayman’s classic blend but sweetened just enough to serve neat, on the rocks, or as part of a flavorful cocktail without overpowering the other ingredients.
I hope you join me in going out of your way to stock your liquor cabinet with these distinctive gins. I guarantee you won’t look at gin the same again!
Photo courtesy of Hayman Gin