Audemus Pink Pepper Gin - 70cl - 44% ABV
Pink Pepper Gin, quite unsurprisingly, takes its name from the punchy, crunchy pink peppercorn – a berry which is plucked from the Brazilian pepper tree at the height of its ripeness and which lends an exotic, light peppery taste to proceedings.
The gin is made by Miko Abouaf and Ian Spink in Cognac, France by Audemus Spirits – a company founded by Abouaf in May 2013. Abouaf – who holds the title of Director of Capers – showed an interest in spirits from an early age, playing with maceration and liqueur recipes at home in Australia, before venturing into distilling at the age of eighteen.
To nose, citrus is dicernable (perhaps, even, accounting for the two missing botanicals. Bergamot peel and orange maybe?) and the pink peppercorns jump to the fore – spicy, but not overly piquant. To taste, the gin is gorgeous. Complex and curious, the spicy and sweet elements play nicely together. The juniper is slightly herbal and underpins the spirit in a somewhat bossy manner, though towards the end each botanical takes over and its powers become akin to those of a supply teacher in a class full of deviants… The sip finishes on a spicy pink peppered note, but the sweet combination of vanilla, honey and tonka beans are what remain on the tongue long after it’s over.