G’Vine Gin de France is crafted by Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, founder, master distiller and wine maker extraordinaire. Jean-Sébastien Robicquet created the famous Ciroc Vodka before creating G’Vine Gin in 2006. This celebrates their 10th Anniversary this year and they will be launching a new bottle in October which here at ONIN.London we’re excited to see. I was sent a bottle to sample and to be honest I was pretty excited to try this as it’s been a gin I’ve heard a lot about. While most gins are made with grain, G’Vine Gin is made from grapes and it’s the number one selling gin in Spain.
There are 10 botanicals which make up G’Vine Gin. These include juniper berries, green cardamom, liquorice, ginger roots, and the exclusive and rare vine flower, G’Vine Gin’s main botanical is the vine flower, which blossoms just once a year in mid-June, and exists for just a few days before maturing into a grape berry. According to the press release these botanicals, along with lower sugar content than standard London gins, make G’Vine a healthier option. Pretty impressive as alcohol generally contains higher calories which means more working out.
My first impressions of G’Vine Gin is the bottle is lovely and I like that the lid that can be used it as a measure. This was pretty handy as measures aren’t something that everyone has in there liquor cabinet. I haven’t seen a bottle like this before and I loved it at first glance.
After tasting the Gin straight, which any gin connoisseur should do, I thought the liquorice overpowered the other botanicals. This was a win in my book as I love liquorice and it made the flavour quite unique. The gin also has a bit of a kick to it too and the 40% alcohol content is evident at first sip. Adding Tonic Water, the floral flavours in the gin come out and it was really easy to drink. I loved it with raspberries, but it can also be enjoyed with strawberries and frozen grapes.
There’s also some great cocktails made with G’Vine Gine which I can’t wait to try. I’ve included the recipe for THE BASIL SMASH. Sounds incredible especially if you’re like me and love basil.
40 mL G’Vine Nouaison
20 mL simple syrup
20 mL lemon juice, freshly squeezed
10 fresh basil leaves
Muddle the basil leaves. Add ice and other ingredients. Shake gently and serve in an old fashioned glass.
G’Vine can be bought in fine liquor stores and online at Oddbins and Amazon.RRP – £38 (70 cl bottle). It can also be found in premium restaurants such as London’s Night Jar. Add it to your Gin Collection now, it’s the gin you’ve been missing out on.
Written by Tegan LeBon
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