Dutch-inspired gin brand Barentsz is releasing a seasonal mandarin and jasmine flavoured expression in time for Christmas.
Building on the success of the original Barentsz Gin, launched in 2016, the new variant is infused with natural mandarin peel and exotic jasmine flowers for a “distinctively smooth and fresh taste”.
Distilled in small batches in London, Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine uses a base spirit, uniting golden rye and winter wheat.
The creamy texture of the rye is said to provide a longer, rounded finish, while wheat “adds complexity and brings out sweeter notes which complement the fresh taste of natural mandarin peel and signature exotic jasmine flowers”.
The remaining botanicals are a classic blend of juniper, orange peel, coriander seeds, almonds, liquorice, angelica root, cassia bark and orris root.
Founder Michael Claessens said: “Marrying the subtle flavour and bouquet of jasmine with the freshness of mandarin seemed a natural choice.
“Barentsz Gin is proud to present our second pioneering spirit; a distinctively smooth, fragrant and fresh gin. In honour of Dutch Arctic explorer, Willem Barentsz, our jasmine and mandarin botanicals are inspired by his quest for a Northeastern trading route to China by way of the sea.
“The Barents Sea is named in his honour. My family are Dutch. So is gin, which originated in Holland and was adopted and developed by the English. Barentsz Gin is inspired by the Dutch and is perfected and distilled in London.”
Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin will be available to the on-trade from November.