Hidden Curiosities Gin - 50cl - 42% ABV
Meguro was a keen drinker of gin (albeit not a particularly clued up one at the time), but her core business was (and still is) the somewhat niche industry of cravats. Pocket squares may not be all the rage, but with a modern twist and great design, she has been making her mark in the field. So… why make the move from pocket squares to gin?
“I had always loved gin, namely Gin and Tonic,” Meguro explained, “but it wasn’t until around two years ago that I really delved into craft gin, which in turn became a hobby of mine to try new and unique craft gins.”
The taste reminds us of those old tin horse racing games you find at amusement arcades, in that all of the flavour elements stand side by side and race at an even pace. There’s the strong, technicolour yuzu, the earthy orris and angelica, the fragrant, spiced notes of cardamom and the softer floral elements from lavender petals, which flip flop between petal sweet and brutally stalky and herbal, slotting in comfortably alongside the piny juniper. Last but not least, a white pepper spice underpins it all and lingers on a warm finish.There’s a great width to the flavour, all of which emerging from different areas, as opposed to being a multitude of the same thing and the result is brilliantly balanced. It’s a real achievement, flavour wise, with a bouquet of flavours veering in all directions with wild confidence.