Intriguing flavours are easing us into the weekend once again courtesy of Oxfordshire micro distillery Twisting Spirits.
Having previously sampled the aromatic delights of their Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass gin we couldn’t wait to sample their Douglas Fir variant.
It’s a curious little number containing 11 botanicals including Douglas Fir, Juniper Berries, Almonds, Orris Root, Cardamom, Liquorice Root, Cubeb Berries, Angelica Root, Cassia Bark, Sarsaparilla Root and Coriander Seeds. Distilled with aromas of cut grass, pine forests and fresh citrus, it’s softer and much more traditional in nature than it’s Thai inspired counterpart. On the nose you are transported to the great outdoors, piney juniper stands proudly alongside hints of Douglas Fir, Cardamom and notes of Liquorice. Upon tasting you are greeted with a lovely citrus sweetness, which is quite surprising as the nose leads you to believe that a rich earthy taste is waiting for you. There’s a slight spice and a pleasant level of juniper for traditionalists. The blend of botanicals adds depth and intrigue.
The recommended serve is with a garnish of grapefruit and we certainly understand why. However, this gin really reminds of us Christmas so we wanted to embrace a more festive serve with our garnish of the moment, Cranberries. We paired this with a @franklinandsons Naturally Light Tonic as we really wanted to enjoy the intricacies of the Douglas Fir. The Douglas Fir needles are locally foraged in and around South Oxfordshire by Twisting Spirits themselves, so it would be rude to shadow their hard work with a flavoured tonic.
Twisting Spirits have created a range that is full of inspiration and creativity, as well as Douglas Fir and Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass, they also have an Early Grey Gin. The range is there to leave an impression and stand out in a competitive market. Even the design of the range is worth mentioning as it represents the gins DNA. Each colour block represents a botanical, and the larger the colour block the larger the quantity of botanical used.
Twisting Spirits passion for gin is clear. As for Douglas Fir, it’s a gin that is sure to keep you warm this Christmas. @twistingspirits