While walking around Glasgow recently, I came across “The Good Spirits Co.” and decided to stop in. While I was intending to explore their Whiskey selection the discussion quickly turned to gins.
Much to my surprise our host, Victoria, offered us a few samples of locally produced ‘new’ Gins. This was certainly something new to me! I’ve never had this happen in the US. Another fine attraction of Glasgow!
There were a couple of samples that were unimpressive. One was a Barrel aged Gin which had a very distinctive taste and might appeal to some. I made previous comments about Barrel Aging in “Craft Gin“.
One of the nicer Gins I tried was Jensen Gin, very much a “London Dry” style Gin. This would likely work very well in a Martini and I will look out for that in a lounge or bar to validate that guess.
But the finest was Makar Gin. I’m not really sure how to describe it other then delicious. It uses only 7 botanicals, in addition to Juniper, but they meld together wonderfully. A combination of earthy, floral, and citrus flavors combine in a bright clean Gin.
I sampled it neat, of course, but I think it would be excellent in a Martini. I hope to try that very soon.
Unfortunately I was unable to purchase a bottle there as The Good Spirits Co. had just sold out their entire stock that morning. Which is a fine comment on the quality of the Gin.
The Good Spirits Co.
23 Bath St., Glasgow