It seems like flavoured gins have been around forever. But in fact, they are a relatively new invention. While many people may have experimented with home infusions for domestic consumption, it was only recently that commercial brands began to recognise their full potential.
One of the originals was Puerto de Indias who led the way with their pioneering strawberry gin. They were amongst the first to experiment with natural strawberries and claim to have been the inspiration for the current wave of pink gins that seem to be everywhere.
It’s a Spanish gin from Sevilla but it has a global reputation and is now available in more than 50 countries around the world. Since those early days, it seems that everybody has jumped on the bandwagon. Pink gins are everywhere and at every price point, but being first does not always guarantee you’re the best.
But in the case of Puerto De Indias, they are definitely right up there.
The story begins…
It all began in the exotic Andalusian town of Sevilla when two brothers got together to buy one of the oldest distilleries in the region and set about producing their own artisan gin. Little did they know that they would be in the forefront of a gin revolution that would change the gin landscape forever. Their gins are made with water from an underground spring that has been quenching Spanish thirst for centuries and they use traditional techniques and copper stills to make this modern version of a summer classic.
But nothing sets a business back quicker than resting on your laurels.
Since introducing the strawberry gin a few years ago, they have continued to innovate and now produce a classic gin, a strawberry gin, an orange and peach blossom gin and a floral black gin that’s flavoured with orange blossom. So many gins, so little time.
Blackberry is back
And then I spotted another one that caught my eye. Puerto de Indias have now launched a blackberry gin with a unique flavour all of its own.
Blackberries dominate this gin, but there’s a fresh, citrus backdrop with hints of caramel on the nose. And then, it’s time to take a sip. This gin is smooth on the mouth and eases its way gently into those complex wild fruits and rich blackberry flavours, with a slight bitterness and a touch of sweet cinnamon spice to round it all off.
This is a fabulous new gin and I think it stands up very well to its competitors including Bombay Bramble and Tanqueray Royale (both in taste and value). This is definitely a gin for those with a sweet tooth. We think it is a great match for a lightly sweetened tonic water such as Fever Tree Elderflower.
Or you could go straight to the Seven Up to keep the sweet vibe going even further.
Recipe for Puerto de Indias Blackberry perfect serve
- 5cl Puerto De Indias Blackberry gin
- 20cl of Seven Up or Tonic Water
- Fresh or frozen blackberries
- Cinnamon sticks
- Fill glass with large ice cubes and swirl to chill glass
- Empty water from glass and place several blackberries inside
- Drop in a cinnamon stick or two and add the gin
- Pour tonic or Seven Up over ice and stir gently.
- Sit back and enjoy!
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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