Five Spanish gins from Granada, the Canary Islands and Catalonia have been introduced to the UK through drinks distributor Morgenrot.
Gin Volcànic pays homage to the region of Garrotxa in the Catalan province of Girona in Spain – in an area known for its many extinct volcanos. The gin is triple distilled using volcanic stones to eliminate the build-up of steam and foam in the distillation process and is made with the region’s pure water. It has ABV of 42%.
Carnation Gin has been launched by El Clavel, which was founded in 1896 in Cazalla de la Sierra in Norte in Seville in Granada. The gin was launched in 2016 and is in the London dry style, produced using traditional distillation methods.
It is medium-bodied, soft and silky on the palate, with good harmonisation between alcohol and botanicals which are predominantly citrus fruits from Andalusia.
The brand uses whole wheat spirit and a double distillation process with juniper berries, coriander, angelica root, an infusion of tea, orange and lemon peel, and water from the Cazalla region. It is bottled at 42% ABV.
Sorel Gin from Barcelona is based on a recipe from 1875. It is made with high-quality grain alcohol with notes of juniper taking on a leading role, giving it a dry and aromatic flavour. It has ABV of 37.5%.
Level Gin is produced by Barcelona-based drinks company Teichenne. It is a triple-distilled gin made from wheat alcohol in which juniper is macerated and distilled with different including cardamom, orange blossom and grapefruit.
Highly aromatic with plentiful floral aromas, it takes its name from the perfect balance and neutrality of the gin. It has ABV of 44%.
Macaronesian White Gin from the Canary Islands is made using naturally occurring Macaronesian botanicals and water filtered through local volcanic rocks.
Made with botanicals including juniper, cardamom, angelica, liquorice, lemon peel and orange peel, the gin is fresh and delicate and works well in a G&T with lemon. It comes in a classic ceramic bottle made of organic materials.
Morgenrot’s sales director Graham Archibald said: “You can’t go to a pub, restaurant, bar or event without seeing creative gin menus and cocktails – the trend has become colossal and is showing no signs of slowing down.
“Spain has a long heritage with gin and it’s always been a go-to drink so we’re looking forward to showcasing exactly how the different region’s and islands of Spain bring this drink to life.
“If the Spanish serve was good enough for Orwell and Hemingway when they spent time over there, then we think the UK consumers will more than appreciate it.”