Maybe in other countries would be right this fact that vodka is meant to be a substitute to gin, pero in Spain where the gin – and specally the gin&tonic – is much more than a trend, it is a classic and a tradition, we think it is difficult this change. I am sure that anyone in this country could relate a memory from their childhood where a gin&tonic is being served or enjoyed in a classic tall glass.
The last years in Spain have been crucial to the growth of gin positioning. Over 350 gins are comercialized and it is increasing every day. There are everyday more gin lovers in Spain that are brave and elaborate their own gins. Probably because they are more conformed to our spanish palates, they are smoother and more elegant in mouth. There are over 30 Spanish gins on the market at this moment.
We are also setting trends on the way we serve the gin&tonic crossing borders. People ask for the “Spanish style”.
During this past months there have been all kind of gin events, some classic and some new ones. That’s a fact that not only confirms that gin is not only a trend but also that with the profileration of new brands makes that final consumers have more options to chose, mix, taste and enjoy. We love there’s so much variety, and as Tupac Kirby from The Cocktail Room says “ There’s room for everyone. Big and small brands”.
The past month of June we had the pleasure to attend the I International of Gin and its accompaniments: GinMotive that took place at Casa de Campo of Madrid (Spain), where not only you could taste a gin&tonic with your favourite brand but also to learn a lot about the elaboration and aromas, enjoy a cocktail from The Cocktail Room stand and taste all the different gin-brands (55 different gins) and premium tonic waters (18 different tonic waters) that were in this special event. Here are some of our impressions about some of them.
Bayswater London Dry Gin- very citrus and bitter in the nose. In the mouth is classic one. Not much more to say.
Boë Premium Scottish Gin – In the nose attacks with juniper, classic nose of juniper and citrus. In the mouth is toasted and creamy.
Brockmans– Notes of pear and orange.
Gin Mojito – In the nose attacks with classic aroma of mojito: peppermint. In the mouth is too alcoholic.
Gin Rives Premium Special (Spanish)– Fine and elegant in the nose, smooth, not too much alcoholic. In the mouth is slightly bitter, smooth and velvety. I like it.
Gilt Single Malt – Very nice in the nose and powerful in the mouth.
Haymans London Dry Gin – In the nose fine and elegant. Smooth and elegant in the mouth.
Haymans Old Tom Gin – In the nose is not too much aromatic but similar to the gin above. In the mouth, however, is much more tasty and better balanced. Spicy.
Junipero Gin – Very aromatic and aromatic herbs notes. Not too much notes of alcohol in the nose. In the mouth is spicy, acid and salty. Powerful but nice to drink.
Kinross Gin Edición Especial (Spanish)- Sea notes in the nose. In the mouth is smooth, fine, elegant and hints of acidity and much more powerful than Rives.
Kinross Gin Premium Berry – Sweet aroma to berries. In the mouth has a hint of it but it is smooth and highlights the typical gin flavours.
Larios 12 – Premium Gin of Larios. Nothing special to say about their premium product.
Plymouth Gin – It’s been a while since I wanted to taste this gin. Fine nose. Herbs, citrus and orange notes. Elegant. In the mouths is acid but elegant. Good for a change instead of classic great Martin Miller’s.
Shipsmith– highlighting lemon and citrus notes.
The London nº 1– Classic gin nose. Juniper and peppermint, hay. In the mouth is elegant and creamy. Velvety. Good one.
Tanqueray Ten – highlighting citrus and cinnamon. In the mouth is powerful.
Botanical’s Premium – Highlighting citrus and cinnamon notes, as web. But in the mouth is powerful.
Williams Chase Extra Dry Gin– original gin from our friends of Primeras Marcas. Good one.
Williams Chase Elegant Criso Gin – Original and smooth. Just like its name tells.
Apart from tose 55 gins, we also taste some of the 18 premium tonic waters. We cannot mention all of them but just little note on our favourite ones: Indi, Thomas Henry and Me Tonic. We are sure there will be more as we walk through the world of spirits. We will share our opinions here.
Do you think vodka- tonic is going to substitute the Gin&Tonic? Which is your favourite gin? Thanks for sharing with us!