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Real Gin – Gold Medal in the Luxury Masters 2017

The Luxury Masters is an annual competition promoted by The Spirit Business, limiting contenders to drinks considered SuperPremium and UltraPremium. In an area where traditionally we saw Cognacs and Whiskies, we are beginning to see the range widening. Today, there are various producers of different spirits, such as Gin, Vodka and Rum who are dedicated exclusively to the luxury market. No wonder, then, the variety of products distinguished by this year’s The Luxury Masters.
And this is one more contest in which Portugal left its mark, proving again that this is a good time for Portuguese Gin. This time, it was Real Gin who won the Gold medal in the UltraPremium category. 
Competing in The Luxury Masters were small producers of Gin which have recently arrived on the market, as well as the bigger, and longer established and beloved brands, so we saw Real Gin on the podium with Beefeater 24, which also won Gold, the highest distinction in the competition. 

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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.


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