Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin - 70cl - 40% ABV
Quintessential Brands is a department within the famous G&J Distillers in Warrington which champions the creative genius of its Master Distiller Joanne Moore, giving her room and license to create a world of flavours. With a focus on categories, Moore has sought to create gins that fall within each flavour group, creating a floral gin, a herbal gin, a spiced gin, and so on.
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is, as you may have guessed, the fiery one. It trails the magnificent ancient spice route, using botanicals that would have been shipped to the UK centuries ago. With a bold and brilliant cardamom, a zesty citrus and exotic and characterful cubeb finish, the gin manages to hold on to a sense of its ancestry by towing the juniper-happy line. Still, it tells its own tale too, with rousing black pepper dust and bright notes of violet.
To serve: lemon really lightens this up.