Being a British born Indian, I'm always someone who wants to champion products that come from my homeland. Over the last couple years I've tried a few gins from India and loved them all for different reasons. Last year at Junipalooza I tried Jaisalmer Gin. I remember liking it however your taste buds during Junipalooza can get questionable due to the amount of gins on show to sample. So I added Jaisalmer Gin to the list of those to revisit.
Now let's fast forward to Diwali: The Festival of Light. An annual rejoicement celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus around the world. I was invited to the iconic Beneres restaurant in Mayfair for Diwali themed cocktails and nibbles. The nibbles were phenomenal (don't tell my mum I said that) and the cocktails reminded me of Indian sweets in a gin sour format. I loved how saffron sugar, mint sugar and saffron were all used to create a sweet and spicy Indian flag on the flagship cocktail: Jaisalmer - Roshanee. Really reminded me of traditional rangoli patterns (think an explosion of chaotic rainbow colour) adorning homes with candles for the festivities.
I got to try Jaisalmer (straight) before the indulgent cocktails to refamiliarise myself with the liquid itself. The upfront citrus and junpier notes conjured up fond memories, whisked me away, and reminded me what I really liked about this gin.
Jaisalmer Gin contains 11 botanicals; Juniper, Coriander Leaves, Lemon Peel, Orange Peel, Liquorice Root, Angelica Root, Darjeeling Tea, Lemongrass, Vetiver (cuscus), Caraway Seeds and Cubeb Pepper. 7 of these botanicals are sourced from across India itself.
Small batch production with an interesting Indian accent, interestingly Jaisalmer is crafted in copper stills in the North Indian region of Radico Khaitan - formally known as Rampur Distillery.
On the nose Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is bright and clean with a multitude of citrus notes. Lifted in character, super fresh in style, with juniper to the fore. Attractive and inviting, in a classic London Dry "ginny" style.
Citrus-lead in the mouth possessing an initial alpine freshness which broadness out into something more textural. Savoury, herbaceous notes come through in waves of flavour on the finish, climaxing in a final explosion of juniper.
This week I got to do my first InstaLive with Kunal Lamba The US Brand Ambassador For Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin. Kunal and I spent 40mins talking all things Jaisalmer Gin. I stirred up a "Meme Negroni" While Kunal talked us through the botanicals that make up Jaisalmer Gin. It was a great casual talk about our love for Juniper.
Here's a link in case you missed my InstaLive
The Maharani Negroni
50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
40ml Starlino Rosso Vermouth
I found that the Bergamot in the Italicus really complimented the Darjeeling Tea in the gin.
Gulab Basant- Pink Spring
40ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
30ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice.
20ml Gulab Jamun Syrup (could be replaced with cardamom syrup)
Gulab Jamun as garnish.
50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
20ml Homemade Pink Peppercorn Syrup
20ml Freshly Lemon Juice
40ml Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
50ml Jaisalmer Gin
25ml Starlino Rose Aperitvo
15ml Homemade Rose & Cardamom Syrup
15ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Overall I really love this gin. It's a classic gin with a Indian twist. It stays true to what a classic gin should be. Not only does it work well in g&t, it's a gin I have enjoyed making classic cocktails with. What I love the most is that its stylish but not too overly complicated.
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin was Gifted
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