Two Birds Cocktail Gin is produced through a distillation process that means the gin has a more intense juniper flavour so that when it is mixed with other spirits and ingredients, the predominant flavour of juniper is not diluted and lost.
It is bottled at 40% ABV so the final product has the benefit of a strong flavour but with a well-balanced and integrated alcohol level.
It is the latest product from Two Birds Spirits at Union Distillers in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, which also produces a vodka and an absinthe, all in small batches of 100 bottles at a time.
Founded in Leicestershire by Mark Gamble and Lyn Taylor in 2012, Two Birds Spirits uses a copper still, nicknamed Gerard, that has been specially designed and built by Mark, who is master distiller.
He said: “Being independent craft distillers, we have the flexibility to experiment with new products and different flavour profiles as well as alcohol levels.
“After discussions with friends working in the drinks industry we saw there was a gap in the market for a stronger gin but not at an over-proof level.
“So we set about to create the perfect gin for cocktails, using exactly the same botanicals used in our London Dry Gin but altering our distilling profile to bring out the individual flavours.
“We believe that the Two Birds Cocktail makes for a strong juniper-led London dry-style gin whilst still at a moderate 40% ABV and it is the perfect partner for many a cocktail.”
The first maceration of the botanicals is cold and then the heat output is tightly controlled to gently release the essential oils presented in the ingredients. Juniper is at the fore with vanilla and pepper notes and a smooth, clean sophisticated finish.
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