Salcombe Gin has collaborated with chef Monica Galetti to create ‘Island Queen’, the fourth expression in its limited edition Voyager Series.
Monica is known for her work as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals and as the chef-patron at Mere, the Fitzrovia restaurant she runs with her husband David.
Salcombe’s ‘Island Queen’ is named after a famous Salcombe Fruit Schooner from the 19th century fruit trade, which braved the harshest of conditions in its quest for enticing tropical fruits and botanicals, with the ultimate prize at that time being the pineapple.
The tropical gin is said to have notes of freshly cut pineapple, sweet mango and coconut on the nose, followed by waves of green citrus and a hint of manuka wood smoke and spice to finish.
The palate is “bursting with fresh pineapple, tropical lime and fruity spice from pink peppercorns”, while traditional juniper “provides structure” in the background, partnered with “the rich earthiness of angelica and green cardamom”.
To capture the tropical aromas and flavours of the Caribbean and South Pacific, the fresh pineapples were at first slow roasted and smoked over manuka wood in a traditional Kamado oven, before steeping the flesh in English wheat spirit for 72 hours.
The pineapple infused base spirit was then distilled along with the remainder of the botanicals and Dartmoor water according to the London Dry Standard on ‘Provident’, a traditional Arnold Holstein 450l copper pot still.
Monica said: “When Salcombe Gin approached me, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to create a gin that reflected my culinary style and heritage in the Pacific Islands.
“The gin is truly tropical, inspired by the ocean with notes of freshly cut pineapple, sweet mango and coconut in perfect balance with traditional juniper.
“I wanted a name that would reflect the trading history of all the incredible fruits and botanicals brought to the UK and found ‘Island Queen’, one of the Salcombe Fruiters, and knew that would be the perfect fit!
“Using the finest ingredients, along with Salcombe Gin’s exceptional distilling knowledge, I feel we’ve created a gin I’m really proud to put my name to.”
Angus Lugsdin, co-founder of Salcombe Gin, added: “It is a huge privilege to be working with Monica on this collaborative Voyager Series gin. Monica is such a talented chef and immediately understood what we were trying to achieve.
“With the incredible history linking Salcombe to the pineapple trade and the tropical influences in Monica’s cooking it could not have been a more exciting partnership, which has resulted in a highly distinguished gin for our portfolio.
Salcombe Gin Voyager Series Island Queen is the fourth in a collection of limited edition gins developed in collaboration with world-renowned chefs or iconic winemakers, each of which reflect their individual personality and style.
The Voyager Series commenced with ‘Arabella’, created in partnership with Michael Caines MBE, followed by ‘Mischief’ in collaboration with Mark Hix MBE and ‘Guiding Star’, a partnership with Niepoort.