A very interesting savoury gin from the second oldest distillery in Belgium, the Copperhead distillery.
This gin has been produced through a partnership between The Gibson (consistently ranked as one of the best bars in the world) and Copperhead, well known for its excellent gins.
This bottling has been designed to complement the drink that gave the Gibson it’s name, that classic variation on the Dry Martini, that replaces the olive with a pickled sliver onion.
The gin is made with a base of Copperhead’s standard bottling, which includes juniper, coriander, cardamom, angelica and orange rind as its botanical flavourings. Head bartender at the Gibson, Marian Beke, added his own botanicals too – some of which were even pickled! These were largely spices, and included cassia, allspice, bay leaf, dill seeds, mace, ginger, fennel and pepper. These botanicals were macerated separately, partly to preserve their flavours.
An 8 year old Jenever was added as a sweetener, as Beke did not want to use sugar – which would have created something closer to an Old Tom gin in style.
The final product offers up flavours of ginger, peppery spice, bittersweet juniper, slight beer, earthy and savoury chopped herbs, flowers, cinnamon, coriander, anise, nutmeg, and a touch of citrus rind bitterness.
A really unique gin, with a delicious savoury profile. The gin is presented in a metallic green bottle, a nod to the Gibson’s jaguar green tiles.
As one might expect, this makes a truly delicious Gibson cocktail!