AND G-VINE GIN FROM
By Michael Hepworth
is not really known at all as a producer of Gin, but two additions to the
gin market both from
that I recently became aware of should make consumers take note pretty
quickly. Both gins are well worth checking out, and which of the two you
prefer will depend on personal tastes.
Citadelle comes from the sea
from a recipe originating in the 18th century.
is famous of course for the 2nd World War evacuation of the
British Army in thousands of vessels of all sizes. The French distillers
Carpeau and Stival took spices from the Orient and
and distilled them in 12 copper mills at the Citadelle Distillery.
Today, Citadelle Gin is wheat based and triple
distilled, harvested in the Beauce region and brewed with natural spring
water. The spices are placed in a special protective bag, and at the
fourth distillation at the Cognac Ferrand Estate, the 19 botanicals are
carefully infused to create Citadelle Gin. A list of the botanicals
reveals a diverse Geographical base: coriander (Morocco), orange
peel(Mexico), cardamom and nutmeg (India), licorice (China), cubeb pepper
(Java),juniper, savory, violet and star anise (France), fennel
(Mediterranean), iris (Italy), cinnamon (Sri Lanka), almonds and lemon
rind (Spain), cassia (Indo China), angelica (Germany), grains of
paradise(West Africa) and cumin from Holland. The Citadelle Gin Reserve
2009 priced at $40 has just been released, and is the only gin in the
world aged for 5 months in small oak casks in the
region. Each cask used for aging is discarded after bottling, making it an
expensive gin to produce.
G’ Vine is another French Gin also from the
region but differs from Citadelle in subtle ways, coming from the Ugni
Blanc grape and not wheat. This is a full bodied gin that was launched in
2006 that goes well with cocktails and is quite versatile and which has a
high alcohol content of 43.9%. The botanicals used for this gin are ginger
root, liquorice, green cardamom, cassia bark, coriander, juniper berries,
cubeb berries, nutmeg and lime. The botanicals are infused over a two to
five day process and distilled in the Unit Blanc grape neutral spirit. A
fifth and final distillation sees the green grape flower essence added to
the process and copper pot distilled one more time to produce G’Vine,
and considered a sophisticated and sexy gin.
In 2008 G’Vine gin was named best distilled Gin in the world by
Drinks International, a global authority in the industry.
THE SILVER FIZZ
½ oz Citadelle Gin
oz lemon juice
small egg white
all ingredients with ice until fully mixed. Strain neat into a highball
glass with no ice, top with club soda.