How to Drink Darby-Norris Valley Gin

How to Drink Darby-Norris Valley Gin
June 4, 2019 Gin Lane

We’ve mentioned before, Valley gin was a gold medal winner on its first try at the Australian Gin Awards and a fantastic result for a newly released gin!

Like many great craft gins, this one is well suited to sipping on with a small cube of ice if you wish. On the nose, it has a healthy dose of juniper, which is always good to see. The juniper is complemented with some light fresh sweet notes that could well be from the lemongrass featured in this gin.

Once you taste the valley gin, you’ll enjoy the creamy mouthfeel, which we find to be one of the standout characteristics of the Valley gin. This is a really well balanced and somewhat delicate gin. Faint citrus, is complemented with a light liquorice touch from the star anise.

While it doesn’t have a bold aftertaste, it does linger with light, nutty spice. We think you’ll find the valley gin to be really easy drinking, but would recommend being careful with any bold flavours to accompany it.

For your gin and tonic, we’d suggest using a light tonic, even more so than a dry tonic. For Garnish we think a few blueberries would complement this gin really well and bring out it’s fruit notes well.

On the cocktail front, perhaps we were inspired by a recent visit to Melbourne where a Vesper Martini was on the menu. A go to for lighter gins, the martini doesn’t add or hide too much to detract from the gin. The Vesper, made famous by 007 himself is an addictively tasty version and should work beautifully here.

Cocktail suggestion: Vesper Martini

• 90ml Valley gin
• 30ml vodka, keep it as neutral as possible
• 15 ml dry vermouth – we recommend Lillet this time
• Garnish: lemon peel

1. Gather the ingredients.
2. Combine the ingredients in your shaker
3. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with a large piece of lemon peel.
5. Serve and enjoy!


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