I received a rather lovely gift from my other half. She signed me up to a subscription with the Gin Crowd. This is the first one I tried and wanted to share this beautiful gin with you!
Located in Baarle-Nassau, around 2 miles from the Belgian border. Zuidam Distillers B.V create their products in the traditional way. With all 100% natural ingredients which are carefully selected and processed into the most fantastic products at their family owned and run distillery. All recipes are designed by father Fred and son Patrick van Zuidam.
This gin is a rich dry gin in style. It’s based on grain spirit, which is flavoured with 9 botanicals juniper berries and iris root from Italy, coriander from Morocco, angelica, sweet oranges and fresh whole lemons from Spain, liquorice root from India, cardamom and whole vanilla beans from Madagascar. Made in small batches, this is a crisp and full-bodied gin which works wonderfully in cocktails or equally on it’s own.
I poured this gin in to a glencarin glass and left it to develop in the glass for ten minutes. For the review I haven’t added any water or tonic as I want to judge this spirit raw.
The spirit is syrupy in the glass and coats the side leaving long legs. There is a slight golden tinge to the spirit.
The nose is a classic juniper heavy aroma up front. Hints of vanilla, caraway and orange follow. Notes of red berry, sea salt and a hit of exotic spice. the end of the aroma is slightly sweeter with notes of icing sugar and coriander right on the finis.
The flavour is initially sweet with notes of vanilla, roasted spices and citrus peel bursting through prominently. This of caraway, aniseed and some slightly floral almost rose water flavours follow. The mouthfeel is oily with huge notes of juniper wrapping everything up in a well balanced tangy bow.
The finish is long lasting with a bright bitter liquorice flavour!
This gin is an excelent example of a classic Dutch dry gin and in my opinion not many will come better than this!
This was available through the January Gin Crowd subscription or for around £29 on Master of Malt and is well worth looking in to for the experienced gin drinker!