My daughter had the opportunity to live in Gujarat, India for a year and that Christmas she sent home a box of interesting foodstuffs. One of them was called paan. We had no idea what it was or what it was made from, but it was flavorfully memorable. Various spices (and there can be many different kinds) are wrapped inside of a betel leaf. Often paan also contains Areca nut which contains which has a similar effect to nicotine. So, in a sense, traditional paan is a sort of chewing tobacco that can be sweet or savory. Many times, it is also filled with some tobacco to increase the stimulating effect.
Jaan Liqueur does not contain any Areca nut nor any Areca nut derivatives or tobacco. Instead, Jaan Liqueur is loosely based on a variation of Paan, commonly known as simply “Sweet Paan” – which typically contains cardamom, candied anise, cloves, coconut, candied rose petal betel, candied dried fruits all wrapped in a betel leaf. Jaan encapsulate flavours and aromas of sweet paan together with vanilla, maple and citrus. The concept being Eastern and Western flavours being married together.
One thing is for sure, Jaan is absolutely unique amongst any distilled product on the market.
Jaan Liqueur (50 proof)
Visual: Caramel brown.
Nose: Exotic cooking spices, dried orange peel, and a funky deep note of floral perfume.
Taste: Flowery with a definite rose petal and orange essence. There is a light mouth feel that is more akin to a spiced rum than a liqueur.
Finish: A lot of sweet caramel tones go on for some time, but the more unusual characteristics percolate through leaving an impression of cinnamon chewing gum.
Overall: Very different. Sweet, but not overly so. Very drinkable and refreshing and somewhat feminine in character. An interesting libation to use in cocktails.
GSN Rating: B+
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