New gins aren’t exactly in short supply in the UK, with a new brand brought to our attention every week. Most are small batch, homegrown tipples that are pleasant enough but not exactly groundbreaking, whilst others are characterful and divisive, with a very niche audience. Both have their perks and place in the market and our liqueur cabinet but few are doing what the team behind the Aberdeen-based Porter’s Gin are planning, which is to play with the big boys and become a global bartenders’ choice pour (read more about Porter’s Gin and what makes them an excitingly ambitious brand here).
But ambition and stupendous growth aside, what really makes Porter’s Gin stand out is their process and taste. The spirit is created using a double distillation process where flavour is extracted from delicate ingredients, such as pink peppercorn and Buddha’s hands, in a rotovap before the traditional distillation process is used. This ensures that the roundness of the pepper comes through and the perfume of the citrus isn’t stewed and ruined.
Tasting Notes: Porter’s Gin
Pink peppercorn, Buddha’s hand, juniper, angelica, almond, coriander, liquorice, lemon, orange, orris root, cassia bark and cinnamon.
Juniper-led with good depth and bright citric overtones.
Very quaffable. Juniper is at the heart of the sip, supported and rounded off by full pink peppercorn creaminess . Citrus is prevalent with the perfumed Buddha’s hands playing on the nose. The end is spiced with cinnamon and anise lingering on the back of the palate and adding a delightful prickle to the clean finish.
This is a spirit that could happily lend itself to a G&T with a good tonic, or almost any cocktail. Whilst nuanced and interesting, it is balanced and versatile enough to be used however you like.
Porter’s Gin (70cl) retails for around £31.95 and can be purchased online at The Whisky Exchange.