Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin has a delicate floral nose, with Meyer lemon zest, rose petals and sweet, slightly minty herbs, perhaps evocative of lemon verbena and pineapple sage leaves, freshly rubbed. You certainly won’t get much of a traditional wine note here, with nearly nothing jumping out being suggestive or Riesling. The palate is botanically rich, with a great deal of flavor jumping out. At first, quieter with orange and lemon, citrus; juniper comes through as well, but somewhat duller without the piney sparkle. It’s a wet, kind of thick pine, bushy and suggestive of juniper, with other green notes. Rose comes on towards the back of the palate, with florals on the back of the throat and hints of stone fruit. The finish is where you start to get some acidic, wine-like notes as well as the standard dry out with a touch of angelica, sage, thyme and bitter orange zest.
The Recipe of our Riesling-Infused Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is an homage to the fruitful landscape of the Saar-Region. Over 30 finely balanced botanicals mainly from our own cultivation or regional grown in combination with the finest Riesling grapes of the large Saarburger Rausch gurantee a maximum drinking pleasure.
Cocktails: An intriguing gin, it certainly affords itself of being drunk on its own, or perhaps even chilled; where you’ll get a slightly more Riesling like character jumping out mid and late palate. Cocktail wise, I found it to be a bit odd, perhaps best suited for drinks where you’re already mixing with wines. It’s an incredible French 75, it works well with in a Corpse Reviver #2, amplifying the nuance of the Cocchi. Martinez and Martini are apt inclusions as well. I found it less successful in a Gin and Tonic, where the tonic and the wine-like nuance seemed a bit out of sync.
But overall, I think most might just simply be able to appreciate this as a floral leaning gin, and if you didn’t know about the Riesling, I’m not sure everyone would pick it out. It’s an intriguing experiment and one that I think gets a lot of things right, and is worth a closer look if you’re a fan of the floral leaning contemporary style gins.
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