Gin – Catcher & Co. – Bathtub Gin
Description – Lucas Cattell is passionate about gin. The owner of the Catcher and Co. Distillery certainly isn’t a purist or an adherent to all…or any of the unwritten rules of gin distilling.
“I love experimenting,” says Lucas. “I always aim to create something that I would like to drink. I’m not a fan of traditional dry gins, which is what I originally set out to create, so I came up with something else.”
The result is the award-winning Bathtub Gin, which has been described as “odd,” “interesting,” and “…sure to make the world a better place.”
The Bathtub Gin was an evolutionary product, originally created with 4 ingredients, it eventually made its way to 14, as friends, family and experts offered their feedback and the recipe was tweaked and improved.
“It’s an in-your-face gin, which is what I like,” says Lucas. “There are diverse flavours and the spiciness of the peppers and fruitiness of the citrus combine with the aniseed and the lavender to give it a really robust flavour profile. It’s not a martini gin because of those flavours, it goes really well in a G&T or as part of a cocktail. Because of the unique taste and strength, it compliments most flavours well or at least creates something unexpected.”
Catcher and Co. Bathtub Gin is barrel aged, which is of course unusual.
“I’m a whiskey tragic and I was thinking how I could bring across the caramel notes and vanillas that come from barrel ageing into the gin. It’s robust flavour profile is made complex through the spiciness of pepper, counterbalanced by citrus and lavender.
This is not a martini gin, but it goes well in a traditional G&T. The Bathtub Gin is complex enough without a fancy garnish; stick with a wedge of lemon.
If a cocktail is more up your alley, try a Tipsy Monkey. Take 45ml of Bathtub Gin, around 60ml of freshly squeezed orange juice and 15ml grenadine. Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass, then garnish with an orange peel.
Or perhaps a Floral Finn, should you enjoy something fruity. Take 45ml of Bathtub Gin, 15ml of raspberry cordial and 5ml of lime juice. Pour everything into a tall glass with generous amounts of ice and top up with ginger ale. Serve with a lime wedge.
750ml Bottle Size. 40% Alc/Vol
Product of Catcher & Co. Distillery