Citadelle Gin invites you on a sensory stroll through a fragrant garden with its newest gin, Citadelle Jardin d’été, a permanent addition to the Citadelle portfolio. Inspired by a French garden cultivated by Debbie Gabriel, wife of Citadelle Founder Alexandre Gabriel, Jardin d’été is made with melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest and more orange peel, in addition to the 19 botanicals used to make Citadelle Original.
To celebrate its latest opus, Citadelle took a cue from the garden at the Château de Bonbonnet, Citadelle’s home in the southwest of France. A ramble through the grounds of the Château de Bonbonnet brings you to an oasis nestled in a sunny corner. This is Debbie’s garden. Here, she plants flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs that blossom and thrive in the summertime. As evening falls after the heat of the day, it’s a delight to linger among the greenery and breathe in the scents. Alexandre Gabriel, forever the spirits innovator, felt he simply had to bottle this little patch of paradise – think of it as a deliciously fragrant postcard from the Château de Bonbonnet.
Jardin d’été is also uniquely rooted in its magnificent terroir. In keeping with its total commitment to authenticity, Citadelle Gin now cultivates several hectares of juniper trees just across the road from the Château de Bonbonnet. The juniper berries are a key ingredient of Citadelle and the flavor foundation of Jardin d’été.
That lemony freshness that buzzes on the tastebuds? Thank Alexandre Gabriel for deciding to distill not only the peel of the lemon, as is customary, but the entire lemon, including the flesh, juice and skin – an experiment that required several attempts to find the ideal infusion period. The fruits that are unique to Jardin d’été – Charentais melon, whole lemon, yuzu zest and orange peel – were cold distilled and create a vibrant, aromatic chorus. This technique ensures a flavor and fragrance of extraordinary “just picked” freshness.
The other botanicals that make Citadelle Jardin d’été include: lemon zest, cardamom, cubeb, coriander, nutmeg, Sichuan pepper, cinnamon, cassia, licorice, angelica, iris, almonds, fennel, cumin, star anise, savory and violet.
GSN’s Remarks: A wonderfully fruity, smooth and vibrant gin. The melon adds a whole layer of flavor that melds incredibly well with the botanicals. There is a soft heat that infuses the blend with a slightly spicy warmth. Also, as mentioned, there is a wealth of lemony goodness here which is a perfect addition to the overall flavor profile. This is an excellent gin for mixing in cocktails, but will also work on it’s own with a slash of club soda or tonic. Summery, refreshing and very well done. Recommended. GSN Rating: A+
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