What sets gin apart from other liqueurs?
- Botanical infusion
- Distillation process
- Regional styles
- Global appeal
- Continuous experimentation
Only a few beverages possess the captivating charm and diverse character of gin in the Philippines. It is not merely a drink; it’s a masterpiece crafted with precision and passion. It’s a symphony of carefully selected botanicals, expert distillation, and a history steeped in tradition that comes together to create a gin that’s uniquely apart from other liqueurs.
In this blog, we’ll explore what sets gin apart from other liquor. We’ll understand what makes it a quintessential choice for those who seek a taste of refined elegance and adventurous flavors. Read on to learn more about the intricate interplay of ingredients and techniques that make gin an exceptional libation.
At the heart of gin's allure lies its intriguing blend of botanical wonders. With a minimum alcohol by volume (ABV) of 37.5%, gin is a captivating concoction composed of an array of ingredients – from aromatic herbs and succulent berries to earthy roots and exotic spices.
The art of crafting gin commences with a foundation of barley or wheat grains. These humble grains undergo a magical transformation through the fermentation process, turning into the pure liquid essence of alcohol. It is this foundation that serves as the canvas for the symphony of flavors about to unfold.
As the distilled alcohol takes shape, it encounters a carefully curated selection of botanicals, each contributing to the intricate dance of flavors. Foremost among them are juniper berries, which lay the foundation for gin's signature piney undertones.
Ralph’s Wine & Spirits provides customers with the Cruxland Gin. This exquisite creation harmonizes eight meticulously chosen botanicals: juniper, cardamom, lemon, aniseed, almond, coriander, rooibos, and honeybush. The result is a captivating medley that awakens the senses and offers a symphony of flavors unlike any other.
While other spirits and liqueurs may also undergo a distillation process, gin (like our Togadema Craft Gin) is unique as it requires a predominant flavor from juniper berries and other botanicals.
For instance, the pot still distillation method requires juniper berries to be heated in a still. As alcohol vapor moves through the botanicals, it captures their flavors. The condensed liquid, brimming with botanical essence, is collected. From this collection, only the finest portion is chosen. This choice elixir is then mixed with water to achieve the desired taste and strength, resulting in the distinctive and enjoyable gin that we relish.
Gin offers an enticing variety of regional styles that capture the imagination of enthusiasts. From the beloved classic London Dry Gin to the unique and malt-driven Genever, there is a style to suit every taste preference. You can also indulge in the slightly sweeter and earthier Plymouth Gin or savor the allure of Old Tom Gin.
London Dry Gin (try our Gibson's) is one of the most renowned styles, celebrated for its dryness and harmonious flavor profile. This style strictly prohibits the addition of artificial flavorings or sweeteners after the distillation process, ensuring a pure and authentic taste experience like no other.
Gin's worldwide popularity stems from its remarkable ability to capture and celebrate diverse cultural influences. Produced in various corners of the globe, each region infuses its distinct local botanicals, herbs, and spices into gin, resulting in various flavors that paint a vivid picture.
For instance, South Africa provides an abundance of unique botanicals that are used in gin production, such as rooibos, buchu, honeybush, and citrus varieties like naartjie and kapokbos. On the other hand, a Japanese gin may elegantly blend traditional botanicals like yuzu, cherry blossom, or green tea, paying homage to Japan's rich cultural tapestry.
This fusion of indigenous elements and tastes transforms gin into a classic liqueur, allowing each region to showcase its identity and cultural heritage.
Finally, gin is a canvas for endless experimentation by distillers and creators who are continually pushing the boundaries, reimagining botanical blends, production techniques, and the gin aging process.
Traditionally, it was not aged in barrels like other spirits. However, distillers have started to age gin in various types, such as oak, ex-wine, or ex-whiskey casks. This process adds depth, complexity, and wood-derived notes to the gin, expanding the spectrums of flavors and versatility of the spirit.
This constant quest for innovation has led to a fascinating evolution in the world of gin. From barrel aging to the exploration of novel botanicals and unconventional flavor pairings, gin enthusiasts are treated to a myriad of ever-changing expressions.
So, what sets gin apart? It captivates aficionados with its unparalleled attributes. From its botanical-infused symphony to its distillation process and continuous experimentation, gin unveils a world of diverse flavors, craftsmanship, and innovation.
Ralph’s Wine & Spirits operates as a physical liquor store that also offers delivery services. Ordering gin in the Philippines has been simplified through our platform. You can conveniently explore our online store here and add your preferred gin selections to your cart. Rest assured, we will deliver your gin orders in Manila promptly, either on the same day or the following day, ensuring their impeccable condition upon arrival.