Whisky Lady in India is all about exploring the world of whisky, one dram at a time, with friends and solo adventures too.
However there are reasons rules should be broken every once and a while to spice things up.
And that’s exactly what the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai decided to do one February Sunday.
The venue was perfect… a desultory sunset overlooking the Arabian sea.
The slight chill that comes with a Bombay winter replaced by the growing heat… not quite scorching by day but inching upwards… enough to appreciate the wind off the waters and something a little cool to whet your whistle…
- Juniper berries (Juniperus communis)
- Coriander seeds
- Angelica root and/or angelica seed
- Lemon and/or orange peel
- Orris root
- Black peppercorn
Then came the real fun! An opportunity to try her new gin experiments…
#1 Gin “Sweet Delight” 42%
- Classic nose
- Citrus on the palate with lemon peel, very sweet, coriander and pepper
- After taste had spice, slightly bitter
Pairs well with guava, green mango
#2 Gin “Pushing the peppers” 42.8%
- Lots of spices on the nose, particularly pepper
- More coriander
- Finishes with lots of wet peppery fennel
Reminds of Indian salami or… don’t laugh one even said Axe body spray!
#3 Gin “Classic Style” 47%
- All the elements pop out – distinct yet married well together
- Just a hint more bitter than the others with a punchy finish spice
We closed our tasting with a chilled shot of “Mahua” a desi flower native to Maharashtra used to make a country liquor popular with the tribal community. Alas the restrictions and complications of India’s archaic liquor laws means you won’t see it on your shelves anytime soon…
Naturally our evening progressed from sampling to a sociable rather tasty Gin & Tonic made with the 3rd gin which worked perfectly!
Other gin explorations include:
- Caorunn’s Gin revisited
- Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 40% (Batch 18)
- Gin Mare 42.7%
- Transforming common gin to uncommon delight
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