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How to taste Gin properly

Use the correct glass… this is essential

Choosing the proper glass is essential and makes a big difference in ones ability to “nose” the gin effectively.

In order for you to nose the gin properly, use a small curved wine glass.  These glasses are preferential to the cocktail variety.  A glass that curves inward will trap more of the essential aroma particles around the rim where the nose can easily detect them. The stem on the bottom will retain the heat emanating off your hands from warming the spirit and will act as a pivot allowing you to effectively swirl the spirit around the glass.

Lets get started… 

Pour: Pour 25/50ml of your selected gin into the clean glass

Look: Hold the glass up to the light (natural sunlight is the best medium for this) and look to find the Gin’s distinctive color. The botanicals that have been used in distillation will impart a color to the Gin as well as distinctive flavor.

Mix: Add the equivalent amount of still water to the gin.  By doing this will be reducing the alcohol content of the gin and releasing the critical flavors of the botanicals. The alcohol would otherwise overpower these flavors.  We use Still water so as not to distort or disguise the flavors and show you the true personality of the gin.

Swirl: Get swirling the gin around the glass to introduce more oxygen to the blend. By doing so you are gathering the aromas around the rim where they are more easily detected by the nose.

Smell: Firstly take a strong hard sniff of gin in order to carry the fragrances deep to the nerve ends situated at the top of your nose.  Note the most common aromas associated with gin are citrus, fruit, floral, earth, spice, sweetness and wood.

Note: if you are sensing a strong astringent or chemical odor you are probably tasting (nosing) a poor quality gin. Poor quality Gins will also smell of artificial flavorings and other chemical extracts.

Taste: Take a sip of the Gin and allow it to swirl around in your mouth. By doing so you will be able to assess the primary taste that the Gin has to offer.  Now let the gin sit gently on ones tongue, then swirl it around gently once more coating your taste bubs to appreciate the more complex flavors.

Tasting notes…

The first sip you take should be pleasant, warming with a smooth yet subtle taste of juniper.

Take your time to discover all of the flavors as there are a multitude of botanicals used in the making of Gin. Coriander, citrus, cucumber, licorice, in-fact up to fifty different botanicals can be used in the distillation process.

But size does not matter, as with any recipe it is all about the flavors ability to blend well together, However there is one flavor that should always stand out above the rest, the mighty juniper.  After all It is Juniper that makes a spirit truly Gin.

Next, is the dryness taste test. If you are sensing a dry sensation to the rear of the tongue, you are experiencing that the Gin contains a greater level of botanicals from roots such as orris or angelica. However the experience of sourness on the tongue indicates larger amounts of lemon peel or other citrus were deployed in distillation.

And finally, a truly great Gin (Such as Oliver Twist London Dry Gin) should finish the tasting with a clean and fresh sensation.

The juniper flavors should not linger for too long in your mouth. By the time you are set to take your next sip, the exotic flavors of the last should be only a memory.

Repeat these steps until you are completely satisfied that you have captured all that the Gin has to offer.

Of course if you do not have the time to taste the worlds gins and you just want to be sure of the worlds finest Gin tipple then look no further that Oliver Twist London Distilled Gin.

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