North-eastern distillery Poetic License has used a rich mix of fruits to create a limited-edition gin inspired by the flavour of Italian ice cream.
Part of its Rarities range of limited releases, the summery Tutti Frutti Gin has a vibrant nose of tropical fruit with more mellow stone and berry fruits in the background.
Sweet pineapple arrives immediately on tasting, followed by a tang from juniper and mixed fruits intermingling, then vibrant kiwi and peach followed by subtler cherries and berries, and then plum and apple. It leaves a lingering, slightly piney taste of juniper and fruitiness on the palate.
Created in time for World Gin Day on June 9, it is the seventh gin in the Rarities range, and its third this year after Espresso Gin and Sweet Bell Pepper and Naga Chilli Gin, with plans for one more later this year.
At 42.7% ABV, Tutti Frutti is available now on Poetic License’s website and will be introduced to the trade from June 4.
Distiller Luke Smith said: “We distilled this gin with hand-peeled, -chopped and -puréed fresh fruit – it is pretty much a distilled fruit smoothie.
“Although fruity and a little sweet, there is no sugar added so it does not become the sickly sweet you know from Tutti Frutti candies – though, equally, it is not dissimilar. This gin is an ode to the traditional Italian ice cream flavour – a fruity treat perfect for summer.”
The suggested serve is with tonic garnished with a slice of kiwi fruit, while the cocktail is a TFG, or Tutti Frutti Gimlet, garnished with a pineapple wedge.