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Rocha Negra | Portugal

Origin Portugal
Alcoholic Volume 40º
Type Distilled Gin
Known Botanicals 9 botanicals in total, featuring Rock Samphire

Brief Description
Rocha Negra is the first Gin to be distilled in the Azorean archipelago, created by the company Lima e Quental, which was founded in 1946 and has been connected to the drinks industry ever since.
Later, about 40 years ago, they began making their own alcoholic beverages, distilling their first spirits. Rocha Negra Gin whose name comes from basalt, the volcanic rock which abounds in the Azores, naturally came to be, amongst a wider range of new spirits.
The intention was always to create a Gin that transmits the essence of the whole archipelago through its flavours, therefore it was given Azorean native botanicals to shine through as the principal aromas. Rosemary, mint and lemon and above all, rock samphire make Rocha Negra a unique Gin that meanders between the citrus and herbal notes, always with a touch of saltiness while at the same time slightly sweet.
This improbable mixture is in large part down to the rock samphire, or sea fennel as it also known, is a small plant that grows next to the sea and adds a natural salty touch of the seaside, with a hint of sweetness reminiscent of carrot.
The aroma of Rocha Negra is hard to decode at first. The softer and warmer notes cross over the fresher, saltier ones, the latter prevailing. In the mouth, the roles reverse and thw warm, sweet notes which occupy the palate appear strong and pungent right from the start, falling away until the the end, and giving way to a generous pinch of salt.