For this week we are going to warmer climes, to the Mediterranean and Gin Mare, recently purchased on my way home from a long weekend in Spain.
Gin Mare is made in Spain, in a fishing village between the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada. The botanicals are all sourced within the Mediterranean area – along with the traditional botanicals such as juniper, orange, lemon, coriander seed there are the less traditional ones, Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Olive…
- Basil from Italy
- Thyme from Greece
- Rosemary from Turkey
- Citrus fruits from Spain
The botanicals are macerated and distilled individually and independently, for varying amounts of time – the citrus for up to a year. Before coming together in the blending process.
The word “Mare” appears heavily in Mediterranean culture, “Mar” (“sea”) which is the exact translation in Italian. Its meaning in other languages tends toward the familiar and maternal.
Herbs herbs and herbs… you need to like herby flavouring to like this Gin – Thyme, Rosemary and Basil are strong flavours. It is smooth, really smooth with the traditional gin flavor elements like juniper and citrus still present. Gin Mare is a unique and contemporary, clean and fresh and an overall enjoyable Gin.
With the herb based flavouring in this Gin, Rosemary at the start, thyme to finish, it’s potentially one that could be paired with food very well and could fit into a tasting menu somewhere.
Firstly – don’t serve with lemon, lime or anything citrusy – what will work is a garnish of a basil leaf, lots of ice and tonic water – perfection!
Not so easy to find here in Ireland but it is possible… alternatively pick it up in the airport on the way back from your Spanish holidays!
Online Master of Malt stock Gin Mare – €44.89 / 70cl
Gin Mare – www.ginmare.com