A full house at Gin Lovers Príncipe Real for the launch of yet another Portuguese star.
It was a beautiful, hot afternoon in 2015 in Santo Isidro de Pegões…
It could be a promising first line to a novel, and it was. A love story.
Luís Fava and his wife, Alexandra Fava, her brother Jacinto Policarpo and his wife Raquel, did what any family united in friendship would do on one of those hot punishing afternoons of the summer, on the plains between Arrábida and the Tagus,… they drank Gin!
“Let’s drink gin”, said Luís. His brother-in-law agreed “ok, I’ll go one further”, adding a providential “let’s make some gin”. The week that followed saw the first tests. Recipe after recipe, experiment after experiment and, in 2016, Real Gin was born.
Known the world over for the excellence of their wines, Pegões has the infrastructure for the production of high quality aguardente: “Our still is a traditional Portuguese still, with a perfect format for distilling aguardente and now gin. We hope that, now, Pegões will be put on the map for its gins, too”, smiled Luís, the ex-irrigation systems salesman who now dedicates 100% of his time and soul into to this project.
Orange, lemon and physalis are the citruses. Also, lemon balm, cinnamon, allspice, pink pepper, coriander seed, ginger, vanilla and fresh peaches are infused individually, for as long as the producers think ideal, then distilled in pure alcohol of 96%, which has been produced with Portuguese rice (80%) and maize (20%), in a triple distillation, making an exceptionally high quality spirit. They are then stored in a “flavour warehouse” to be later on introduced into the careful distillation of the gin, a distillation which never goes above 75ºC.
“That was our objective, to fill a gap that we felt existed in the Portuguese market for premium gins, with a different product that pleases the palate of the more demanding consumer. It is a mixture of flavours that we believe makes Real Gin as transversal as it is unique”, he explains.
Are they betting on abroad? Of course! Real Gin is already in Luxembourg, Spain and, surprisingly (or not) the UK. Not so much Brexit when there is quality involved.
The first bottles are in exclusive sale on our online store.