Something that first struck us when sampling an earlier verison of 002 (Ginius Release), was the warm citrus on both nose and palate.
We’re slight sticklers for juniper playing a key role in our gins, so began some discussion with the distiller about this recipe. It turns out…much to our excitement, that a previous version had far more elevated juniper. We thought there might be some middle ground to be had, that would let juniper play more of a role, while still allowing the citrus and spice to shine.
Again, a more than willing distiller made the necessary tweaks and we landed on this recipe for 002.
The elevation of the juniper means 002’s nose has some earthier notes underpinning the citrus and cinnamon spice from the cassia. The rest of the botanical mix of coriander, angelica and liquorice are traditional London style botanicals.
On the palate you’ll find a smooth and sippable gin, with plenty of creamy mouthfeel. Cinnamon spice notes and warm citrus tail off into a peppery finish that lingers in a pleasantly numbing way.
Our suggestion for your g&t is to play into the cinnamon and citrus spice. Grab a thin slice of orange (too thick and it can overpower) and if you like the cinnamon the way we do, you can lean into this by adding a cinnamon stick also.
We think you’ll love this gin as we move into autumn with it’s warmth and spice.
If you’re after a cocktail to let it shine…we can’t go past a good negroni. The orange peel will complement the citrus in 002 perfectly, while the natural warmth of a negroni will be enhanced by this gin.
45ml 002 Ginius Release gin
30ml sweet vermouth
Combine in an ‘Old Fashioned’ glass with large cube of ice and stir until chilled. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
Variants – a negroni is a very personal cocktail. All elements should be dialled up or down to taste!