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Gin Lovers Gin | Portugal

Origin Portugal
Alcoholic Volume 41º
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals 32 in total, with focus on Juniper, Lemon Verbena, Pine Sprigs and a mixture of citrus fruits and warm spices.

Brief Description
National Gin & Tonic Day is on its fifth edition. Gin Lovers Gin its third.
After a Gin which we adapted followed by a Gin thought up and created from scratch, here is our 2017 Edition, a 100% Gin Lovers production.
The directive was simple: make a Gin that is agreeable to the greatest number of people possible. Juniper and Citrus for the purists and traditionalists, but smooth and fruity enough to convince those less accustomed to the bitter sip of this our favourite spirit.
This edition was thought up from scratch but always had as its base the knowledge and opinions we have gathered from the previous versions.  Straight away we reduced the degree of botanicals to make a cleaner and more direct flavour. There are now 32 botanicals used in Gin Lovers Gin, reducing the floral and herbal elements to allow the citrus ones to shine through. Rose petals, Globe Amaranth, Iceland Moss (a lichen) and Breckland Thyme, among others, were left out of the production of Gin Lovers 2017.
We also altered the balance of the power players. Juniper still occupies central stage but it is now accompanied by lemon verbena, pine sprigs and a mixture of citrus fruits, still leaving space for the warmer spices like cinnamon, cassia bark and nutmeg.
Changing a product, especially a Gin, is a complicated step by step process where the whole is always different from the sum of its parts. We wanted a Gin which inherited some of the complex aromas of Xmas Edition 2016 but on the other hand had a more defined matrix with strong vertexes of juniper, pine sprigs, lemon verbena and the citrus fruits.
The alcohol level has also been lowered with the idea of increasing the lightness of the Gin without compromising the depth of aromas. It is now 41% vol.
This decrease in alcohol level goes with the decrease in complexity. In other words, the 2016 versions demanded a higher level of alcohol to carry all of its aromas. The simplification of the botanical palette and almost the entire elimination of floral and herbal elements permits a decrease in alcohol.
Gin Lovers 2017 is therefore a Gin which sits somewhere between classic London Drys and deeper aroma Gins. On tasting, expect the juniper to be refreshed by the pine sprigs and the lemon verbena, followed by the mix of citrus fruits where the orange crosses with the vivacity of bergamot and a warm finish punctuated by warm spices.

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London Dry Gin

London Dry is the most widely known Gin all over the world. Juniper occupies central stage, just as defined in the technical specifications with which any Gin must comply to have the London Dry designation.
This designation defines the distillation method and characteristics of the final product, especially the level of alcohol – always higher than 37,5 volumes – the aromatisation of the alcohol, distilling only with the botanicals, and dilution only with water post-distillation.

Background
Taxes imposed by the Gin Act of 1751, the last of 8, forced a rise in the price of Gin. This price rise however had its benefits. Once the product was more expensive, better quality Gin was demanded. Gin was now sweetened with sugar to correspond to the client’s taste, and not, as previously, to mask its many imperfections.
The advances in the distillation process guaranteed spirits of better and better quality and, over time, the sweeteners were removed. Now in the Victorian age and a healthier lifestyle was in vogue, the glory days of low quality Old Tom were coming to an end and the London Dry Gins started to appear. London Dry was drier and more neutral and it was found to be more useful for mixing.
One of the inventions that marked this jump in quality was the Fractional Column Still which permitted continuous distillation, with clear gains in efficiency and surgical rectifications during the distillation process, not just at the end. New botanicals such as citrus peels, coriander seed, angelica or lily root became common in the list of ingredients used and brought to Gin new aromas, while juniper remained its top billing.

The London Dry designation determines the production method not its location. London Dry Gin can be produced in London or in any other part of the world, as long as it respects the rules which define it: 
1. It must be produced with a neutral alcohol based made from the fermentation of agricultural produce (rice, beet, cereals, grape must, apple etc.). The neutral alcohol must be as pure as possible, or rather, it must be mostly composed of ethanol, with no more than 5 grams per hectolitre of methanol in 100% ABV equivalent.
2. Aromatisation can only be made via distillation of the neutral alcohol (ethanol) with the botanicals. 
3. The spirit obtained has to contain at least 70 parts alcohol per 100 distilled. 
4. The addition of sweeteners post-distillation cannot exceed 0,1 grams per litre of Gin (final product).
5. Dilution must be made exclusively with water, the addition of colourants or aromas not being permitted. 
6. The final level of alcohol must be 37.5 vol or higher.