I really never was a Gin & Tonic kinda guy. I guess that stems from trying a Beefeater G&T with plain grocery story tonic water early on in my drinking journey. I had decided back then that I didn’t like gin and tonics or even like gin at all. Now, I will say gin can be an acquired taste, but I never realized how many great and different gins there are out there. I mean just read what Glendalough has to say about their Wild Botanical Gin.
FRESH FROM THE WILDhttps://www.glendaloughdistillery.com/project/wild-botanical-gin
To make this extraordinary gin, we forage wild plants in the mountains around the distillery. What we pick goes fresh into the still within hours of foraging.
All the plants are sustainably picked by our full time forager, every day we distill. We take a lot of care that we don’t adversely effect the areas we find them in. That means sometimes using scissors rather than picking to make sure roots aren’t pulled, or maybe skipping a few before picking the next one, or finding different patches of the same plant, to make sure an area isn’t over-foraged.
Our aim is to leave no trace that we were ever there. It’s harder work but worth it to keep the mountains beautiful and wild.
Then these wild botanicals are painstakingly slow-distilled to tease out delicate flavours, in very small batches of less than 250 liters. Some go in the pot, and some are hung in a basket to let vapors extract their essential oils. The cut-points are decided batch by batch, by smell and taste (never timed or automated) as if each batch is the first.
This brings the flavour our Wild Gin to a whole other level. The knowledge, experience and man-hours in each bottle are what make this liquid so special.
Then, you add to that a tonic that has just as much craft and thought put into making it something special and you end up with one splendid G&T.