GSN Review: Gin XII

Gin XII is produced at Distilleries et Domaines de Provence, founded in 1898 in the South of France. With experience in working with diverse plants and spices of over 120 years, the distillery created a recipe that is the result of 12 herbs – hence the number XII. Gin XII takes full advantage of its Haute-Provence terroir and its subtle blend of herbs such as thyme, rosemary, basil, eucalyptus, sweet almond and mint, which join forces with small juniper berries to express the aromatic intensity of a stroll through the garrigue.

Distillerie de Lure, founded in 1898 at Forcalquier, in Provence, knew a succession of owners for nearly 80 years, amongst whom was Henri Bardouin, a man with a passionate interest in plants and herbs. Then in 1974, Alain Robert and his small team took the helm of the company now known as Distilleries et Domaines de Provence. Certain emblematic brands have existed since the first days of the Distillery, and other have been created over the years to correspond to the evolution in tastes and drinking habits. Today their specialities are sold in over 78 countries all around the world.

GSN’s Remarks: A lovely, somewhat floral, dry gin. All of the herbs, citrus and spices work in concert with one another, with only the juniper leading the charge. One of the few gins that we enjoy drinking straight as a singular spirit. But, we didn’t stop there. This makes for a killer Martini, and as for gin-based modern cocktails, this one fits the bill perfectly. An enticing nose, a wonderfully succinct and expressive palate, and a fine finish. What more could you ask for? GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Distilleries Provence