DRY GIN-IS IT THE WORLDS BEST?
By Michael Hepworth
Here is a gin that comes highly touted as the
ďWorldís Best GinĒ from the makers of course. The people at
Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire,
, Tanqueray and Oxley might have something to say about that, but in all
honesty Whitley Neill remains my favorite.
However the list of awards for Brokerís is impressive, such as
Gold Medal at International Spirits Competition (Germany 2009) and the
Masters Award at Gin Masters (London 2008).
More recently, Brokerís was the Chairmanís Trophy Winner at the
Ultimate Spirits Challenge (New York 2010) racking up a whopping 97 points
beating out such luminaries as Beefeater (96), Citadelle Reserve,
Tanqueray and the excellent Plymouth who all had 93 points.
Produced in numerous sizes and 47% volume, Brokerís is a gin that
will go to your head pretty quickly. The concept started out in 1998 and
it was introduced to the
market in 2001. Distillation takes place just outside
, in a 200 year old distillery using a copper pot-still, and Brokerís is
distilled five times. The fact
that there is an underground spring beneath the plant allows for crystal
clear water, imperative in gin making. There are only six gin distilleries
left in the
, and this used to be a thriving industry.
What it does mean is that the distillers who work on this gin have
decades of experience, meaning the end result should always be top notch.
The raw ingredients for Brokerís are quadruple
distilled pure grain spirit made from English wheat, and ten natural
botanicals that are marinated, and then boiled in the base spirit to
produce richness of aroma and depth of flavour: They are Juniper,
Coriander Seed (Bulgaria), Cinnamon (Madagascar), Cassia Bark (China),
Orris (Italy), Nutmeg (India), Liquorice (Sri Lanka), Lemon Peel, Orange
Peel (Spain) and Angelica Root (Belgium or France).
The Brokerís people are quite proud of the fact that no oddball
ingredients are used in production, making this a relatively
straightforward gin which is what a lot of gin drinkers prefer.
Worldwide domination for this gin is the aim of managing director
Andy Dawson, and sales all over the world seem to be on the up, despite
overall sales of all gins remaining surprisingly static.
The packaging for Brokers is also quite creative, with a bowler hat
replacing the normal screw cap. Price
is very good for a premium gin making it very good value.
Recipe: Brokerís Promise
parts Brokers Gin
parts Cranberry Juice
part lemon-lime soda
strawberries in old fashioned glass. Cover w/ice cubes. Add Gin, cranberry
and lemon/lime soda. Stir gently.