Dà Mhìle Organic Farmhouse Botanical Gin - 70cl - 42% ABV
This Welsh wonder of a distillery was one of the first to come out of Wales and it very quickly established a reputation as a truly authentic maker of Craft Gin. The distillery's journey began way ahead of the curve in 1992, when farmer and cheese maker John Savage-Ontswedder commissioned Scottish Springbank Distillery to produce the first organic whisky of the modern era.
Within years (ok, decades) John was making his own spirits on site, throwing open the doors of Da Mhile Distillery in the autumn of 2012. The ensuing spirit, Da Mhile Botanical Farmhouse Gin, was an utterly unique endeavour at the time, with its 20-strong botanical line-up challenging the increasingly wobbly status quo.
The gin has a distinctive aroma, with herbal/spicy notes at the fore and a fresh, green, juniper holding the centre. Fennel brings a cooling, almost medicinal twang at the end of the sip, resulting in a cold, confused but ultimately busy tongue. It's bold, brilliant and still – even in the age of weird gin – totally standalone. If you love bold, fresh flavours, this is for you.
To serve: We're suckers for florals so we'd work on bringing out the elderflower, gorse and clover in this gin with a sprig of lavender. It will dial up the herbal nature, too.