Sarah’s favourites are:
Nordes- A gin from Galicia, they use Albarino grapes to make their base spirit. It’s then distilled with 11 different botanicals (6 Galician, 5 from overseas) including sage, eucalyptus, peppermint, hibiscus and ginger. it makes for a rich, complex gin full of favour. It’s a truly unique gin and there’s not a lot out there like it.
Wild Island Gin- From the Isle of Colonsay to the North of Islay, it’s an island of contrast and beauty. It’s said you can experience all four seasons in a day. They use 16 botanicals in total, 6 of which are from Colonsay and include lemon balm, sea buckthorn and bog myrtle. A smooth gin, reflecting the beauty of Colonsay, it’s earthy, floral and unique.
Audemus Pink Pepper- Based in Cognac, Audemus are a little different for the region. Started by Aussie born and raised Miko who learnt his trade in Cognac, their aim was to move away from the straight forward styles. Miko was inspired by the likes of Sacred Gin (another great gin!) who used vacuum distilling as a way of preserving flavour. Made with 9 botanicals, pink peppercorns being key, cardamon and vanilla, it’s an aromatic, bold style of gin. They’re not your typical distillers, they make an umami spirit with capers and parmesan cheese!