***NEW PRODUCT ALERT***

 

While I’ve been busy sourcing cocktail and boozy dessert recipes over the past few weeks, the powers that be at Bottle in a Box have snuck in a whole host of exciting new products to the range!

So let’s have an in-depth look at some of the great new spirits we’ve added recently. This week I’m going to focus on a couple of shiny new Gins. NOT because I’m biased… Ok, I am entirely biased, I love Gin, but we are in the middle of a fairly epic heatwave right now and I honestly don’t think there’s anything more refreshing in the blistering heat than a nice icy cold G&T.

 

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, 40% ABV

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You’re probably familiar with a couple of Indian spiced gins such as Bombay Sapphire and Pickerings Bombay recipe, and Opihr is a similarly aromatic take on premium gin with the emphasis on spices from historical spice trade routes. The Gin is produced by G&J Greenall, The UK’s second largest distillery. Producing around 7million cases of spirits annually.

Opihr is named for the legendary trade port where King Solomon was said to receive, every three years, a shipment of exotic items such as pearls, ivory, sandalwood, precious metals and peacock feathers. The gin itself was designed to exude the exotic spices one would have encountered along that same trade route. Passing through India, Turkey, Italy, Morocco and Spain. The Spirit includes botanicals of cubeb, black pepper, cardamom, ginger, cumin, coriander, bitter orange, juniper, angelica and grapefruit peel.

The bottle is perfectly designed to match it’s oriental influences. The branding is bold and colourful, on a heavy bottomed glass bottle. The label has an appropriately exotic design featuring red elephants and is finished off with a rope tassel detail around the neck of the bottle. Extremely eye catching and perfect for gifting.

 

On the Nose: A rich mix of spices with particularly pronounced cardamom and plenty of fresh citrus, soft juniper and notes of black pepper.

On the Palate: A satisfying burst of spice followed by a pleasant orangey sweetness. Pronounced juniper and plenty of coriander.

On the Finish: Cubeb is particularly discernible on the finish giving an exotic note of cracked pepper and subtle hints of violet. Refreshing with zesty citrus and spice.

 

Perfect Serve: Opihr G&T

 

 

  • 50ml Opihr Gin
  • Fever Tree Indian tonic
  • 0.5cm slice of fresh ginger

Muddle the fresh ginger in the bottom of a tall glass, fill with ice, add the gin and top up with tonic water.

 

Phoenician Rita

 

 

  • 50ml Opihr gin
  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 20ml Lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into a coupe glass. Salted rim and lime garnish optional.

 

Citadelle Gin, 44% ABV

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One of the best Gin exports from France and one of the very first artisinal gins. Citadelle Gin has a long history. The gin was originally produced in a distillery in Dunkirk which was, at the time, an important spice trade port. The Gin reflected this with it’s use of Oriental spice botanicals. In 1775, Louis XVI authorised the opening of a royal distillery at the Citadelle of Dunkirk with an exclusive 20 year charter. The distillery boasted 12 traditional copper pot stills which were the first of their kind seen in France. The gin as we know it today started it’s journey in the 1980’s when distiller Alexandre Gabriel, came across the story of Citadelle Gin and decided to bottle a spirit under the same name, made in a similar way to that of the original. The gin is made during the portion of the year that Cognac cannot legally be made, saving the distillery’s copper pot stills from sitting idle several months of the year.

The gin is triple distilled from wheat and spring water in stills heated over an open flame. It includes botanicals of Moroccan coriander, French juniper, orange peel, cardamom, angelica, cumin, nutmeg, almonds, paradise seeds, cubeb, savory, cinnamon, star anise, blackcurrant, iris, violet, fennel, lemon zest and liquorice

 

On the nose: Simple and fresh with prominent juniper and orange notes alongside refreshing herbaceous cardamom and berry fruit.

On the Palate: Smooth, clean and floral, Juniper and zesty citrus again at the forefront, hints of sea salt and warming spices.

On the Finish: Clean with a medium length, tangy with a hint of peppery spice.

 

Perfect Serve: Citadelle and Tonic

 

 

  • Chill a large gin balloon
  • Fill the glass with ice
  • Add 1 part Citadelle Gin
  • Cut a large piece of lemon peel
  • Rub the lemon around the rim of the glass
  • Add 3 parts of premium tonic water
  • Place the lemon peel into the glass

Enjoy! Pairs particularly well with fresh Oysters.

 

50/50 Martini

 

 

  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 45ml of Citadelle Gin
  • Add 45ml of Vermouth
  • Shake Briefly and Strain into a martini glass
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

The distillery suggest this ritual for the 50/50 Martini: Swallow a fresh oyster, save the shell and pour in the martini, squeeze over a few drops of lemon juice and drink as a shot.

 

Sacred Gin, 40% ABV

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A London dry gin that truly is made in London. Produced in a micro distillery situated in the back room of the distillers London home, Sacred really is the epitome of small batch artisinal gin. The spirit is not distilled traditionally in copper pot stills, but interestingly, under a low pressure vacuum using a small rotor evaporator. The set-up is reminiscent of a mad scientists laboratory, and master distiller Ian Hart has spent almost 10 years making improvements and adaptations to his equipment, essentially building himself bespoke distilling apparatus.

The scale of commercial production is probably the smallest anywhere in the world and affords the distiller the ability to tinker with the distilling process, a luxury which has yielded seven “flavoured” varieties of Sacred, focusing on a specific botanical such as pink grapefruit, coriander or cardamom.

The botanicals used in Sacred -including juniper, coriander, grapefruit, orris root, frankincense and liquorice- are all hand macerated by the distiller. He stirs, strains, lifts and decants each heavy bucket by himself, a testament to the Sacred way of making gin. The owners are much more concerned with making an excellent artisan spirit than mass production and millions in profit and have no intentions of moving to a larger premises or hiring additional staff to meet demand. An admirable philosophy in such a competitive market.

 

On the Nose: Light, sweet and clean with plenty of fresh citrus. Juniper led with distinct herbaceous piney aromas, floral violet notes and hints of pear fruit.

On the Palate: Dry, refreshing and crisp. Juniper, pine and warming peppery spices combine with zesty lemon, lime, orange and vanilla wafer biscuit.

On the Finish: Long, dry and spicy with pine, coriander and cracked black pepper.

 

Perfect Serve: Sacred G&T

 

 

  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Pour over 50ml of Sacred Gin
  • Top up with Mediterranean tonic
  • Garnish with a slice of red Grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.

 

July’s Aviation (Cocktail of the month)

 

 

  • 50ml Sacred Gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 5ml maraschino liqueur

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the ingredients and shake, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.

 

All these lovely gins are available for purchase right now, right here, at Bottle in a Box. Which one will you try?

Cheers! 🙂