Geranium Gin is a new and exciting Danish gin to try out. Launched in Europe this fall and also exhibited at Bar Convent Berlin it soon makes its way over the pond. Geranium gin is made by Henrik Hammer and his father who is a chemist and was developed by a true passion for gin and using the geranium plant as the geranium oils will increase the flavours emphasizing and enhancing the taste of the whole cocktail.
This is a classic London dry yes but it`s different – as it contains a specie of said geranium which is a a genus of 422 species of flowering plants and the oils from geranium hasn`t before been extracted with alcohol. Moreover the oils in this geranium is present in most fruits, berries, vegetables and spices and that`s why Geranium Gin blends in well with most mixers. Geranium is a plant that also is being used in therapy along with juniper and citrus oils for against depression and fatigue.
Geranium gin is also different in that its a new, slightly floral gin yet this tastes very straightforward of what it is – gin – and this is good stuff! The bottle is very nice, simple and stylish and i find the size so perfect. Its thick glass but not too thick and easy to hold and pour from.
I find the nose very clean and the flavour is surprisingly crisp, light and fresh, much citrus and much juniper without being too heavy. But of course its more than that, it contains 10 fresh and dry botanicals: juniper, geranium, lemon, coriander, cassia, orris, angelica, liquorice + 2 secret ones as should be. The ingredients are matured for 48 hours and then distilled in a 100 year old copper pot still called “Constance” from 100% pure grain spirit (English wheat).
This gin is distilled at Langley Distillery in Birmingham – a 200 year old family owned gin distillery and which is the 3rd biggest gin distillery in the UK – G.J. Greenalls is no. 1 and Beefeater no. 2. Geranium Gin is bottled and held in stock in London.
What i most appreciate with this gin is its oldfashioned gin style yet being new, clean and crisp and i also like the pronounced citrus and faint floral notes.
Easy to mix with - – here are two cocktails for you to savour;
Shake gin, vermouth and Cherry Heering with ice and strain into a collins glass filled with ice and the cucumber peel, apple and orange slices. Garnish with lime. Top with bitter lemon.
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with 2 vanilla beans. Originally this recipe contains honey and vanilla vodka which i switched for gin and vanilla liqueur.