A while ago I reviewed St George Spirits’ Botanivore Gin which I enjoyed a lot, and now it’s time to take a look at their Terroir gin – which is a completely different beast.
St George Spirits themselves refer to it as “a forest you can drink” and who am I to disagree? To make this gin, they’ve used juniper berries, angelica root, bay laurel, cinnamon, cardamom, coastal sage, Douglas fir, fennel seed, coriander, orris root and lemon and Seville orange peel.
Nose: Heavy on juniper and the freshness of fir, with a round sweetness fading out into a mellow herb fest. Mouth: Yes, this really is a forest you can drink! An intense burst of fir, almost sweet, hits by surprise – and stays all the way to the end even though it fades and reveals a slightly bitter backbone of juniper and citrus with a lingering herbacious finish. I’m really impressed with the fact that they put so much flavour yet with a perfect balance into this gin and managed to pull it off – almost creating a gin category of their own. Now let’s move on to cocktails!
So, I made three cocktails with Terroir gin – sorry to say I skipped their suggested Tom Collins – the usual suspects Dry Martini (50 ml St George Terroir gin, 10 ml Noilly Prat dry vermouth – stir with ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with lemon zest), Gin & Tonic (50 ml St George Terroir gin, 100 ml Fever-Tree tonic water – build in ice filled rocks glass, garnish with lemon zest ) and Negroni (30 ml St George Terroir gin, 30 ml Martini Rosso, 30 ml Campari – stir with ice, strain into ice filled rocks glass, garnish with orange zest) and every time with an astonishing result. I can’t really say that it tastes better than with a typical London Dry gin, but it’s very different and in a good way. The freshness of the fir is quite intense even in the cocktails, adding another dimension to already fantastic drinks. It’s an acquited taste, though, and sometimes it might be too much, even for me. However, using St George Terroir gin in any cocktail that calls for gin should be a great way to spice things up every now and then. I can’t recommend it enough – just buy it!
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