Gin Mare is a Spanish gin crafted with arbequina olives, basil from Italy, rosemary from Turkey, and thyme from Greece, as well as traditional juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, cardamon, and coriander seed. Due to the low yield of arbequina olives when juiced, up to 15 kilograms of olives are used per distillation. The citrus is a custom blend of Seville sweet oranges, Valencia bitter oranges and Lleida lemons. The fruit is macerated for a year in a neutral spirit of around 50% ABV.
Most of the other botanicals are macerated separately for around 36 hours and then individually distilled in a 250 litre Florentine still located in a former chapel. The distillation takes around 4.5 hours, yielding a heart cut of a little over 100 litres. Once the six different distillations have taken place, they are blended together with more neutral spirit and water to create Gin Mare. All the blending and bottling takes place in the main plant, directly next the chapel.
Gin Mare (85.4 proof)
Nose: Juniper forward with the citrus playing a submissive role. It smells clean and fresh, and perhaps with a bit of briny salinity.
Taste: Here, the citrus moves forward and brightens up the whole flavor. The mediterranean portfolio of infusions adds a depth that plays well with the traditional style of a European gin. Overall, the effect is rounder, warmer and more friendly than a London Dry.
Finish: Long, with some peppery and more subtle olive flavors coming through on the finish.
Overall: A remarkably cohesive gin that hits all the marks and elevates any cocktail. We’ve even been sipping it neat for a quick pick me up.
GSN Rating: A+
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