BOTANICALS – MEET JUNIPER, THE KING OF GIN
Juniper is the fundamental building block of every great gin. Steeped in European history, the term ‘gin’ is derived from the French ‘genievre’ or the Dutch ‘jenever’, both of which mean juniper. Hailed historically for its curing capabilities, juniper remains an increasingly sought after ingredient in the ever growing global craft spirits boom.
For our own Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin we use a balance of fourteen individually distilled botanicals accented with the classic juniper berry essence.
At Archie Rose, we source our juniper from the rugged alpine regions of Eastern Europe, widely regarded as one of the world’s premium juniper producing areas.
The juniper tree grows abundantly throughout the northern hemisphere. A coniferous plant, the ‘berries’ of the juniper tree are in fact very small cones containing a resinous substance that presents a berry-like appearance. Prized for its remarkable flavour profile, these unique ‘berries’ burst onto the palate with notes of crisp citrus and fresh herbs, followed by the unmistakable dry gin aftertaste.
Maintaining the origin and spirit of the juniper berry is essential throughout distillation, beginning with the delicate process of extracting the aromatic juniper essence. This 16-hour ritual starts with the overnight steeping of macerated berries in neutral alcohol and purified water to allow the gentle separation of essential oils for later distillation. Once removed from the mixture, the berries are placed in the ‘carterhead’ section of the still. The juniper vapour will then course its way through the still, picking up nuanced and subtle notes to deliver the signature dry profile that is synonymous with our Archie Rose gin.
Refreshing and exhilarating on the palate, the Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin recently won the Silver Outstanding Medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
So next time you’re sitting at our bar, sipping on a Archie Rose G&T, take a moment to consider how this beautiful tasting liquid came to be. Kudos indeed to those delicate, deep purple berries subtly decorating the flavour experience. Cheers!