Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin
Ferdinand's // Germany
This is certainly one of the most innovative gins on the market. First, the sheer number of local (many actually grown on the estate) botanicals at 30 is certainly noteworthy, but even more striking is the infusion of Riesling wine from the Zilliken estate — one of Germany’s premier winegrowers in one of Germany’s premier wine-growing regions. Certainly not a typical gin recipe, but fiercely loyal to their vision of strict regionalism.
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"This definitely will not be confused for a London Dry Gin as the heady perfume of botanical leaves just a hint of piney juniper. Instead the melange of spicy ginger, nutty coriander, and ginger combine with a kaleidoscope of fruit flavors including quince, citrus, and of course, the sharp, tangy acidity of the gently sweet riesling wine. The wine adds a delicious, rich, oily texture to the palate which all but obscures the 44% ABV making this a delightful gin to drink on its own. Highly recommended for a gin that takes risks by thinking outside of the box and succeeds heroically."