With a passion for creating better drinks, we turned the basement of our bar in aberdeen, scotland into one of the uk’s most innovative micro-distilleries.
We built our own vacuum still, which distills botanicals at low temperatures, retaining their fresh, natural flavour. while working closely with the uk’s most respected gin distillers, we perfected the art of cold distilling botanicals.
This respect for tradition while innovating results in exceptionally well balanced, refined, high quality gin recipes that bring together the best of classic and contemporary botanical distilling.
We have Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin, which has been cold distilled. And let’s start with the smell: It had a very nice, light and botanical smell and you smell passion fruit (trust me – I eat 2 Passion Fruits every day so I know that smell). When you taste it neat you get a very pleasant surprise. We taste passion fruit, orange, lemon and juniper at first, and then the sweetness of cinnamon, almond and licorice sneaks up on us. It contains more lovely things, that we are sure contribute to the lovely taste.
The bottle has a lovely, light-green color and the label has gorgeous illustrations of Passion Fruit and Guava. It has a cork with wood on top which gives it a more exclusive look – plus it does not get sticky as we have experienced with bottles with a screw cap. It holds 40% and contains 700 ml.
We like to mix it with an Elderflower-tonic and garnish with dehydrated pineapple or dehydrated mango and some roasted coconut flakes. This bottle was purchased at Spiritusklubben, Kronprinsensgade 87, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark. The service and knowledge of the owner, Dennis, who sold me the bottle is beyond what you could ask for. The price was DKK 349.- (equals GBP 42,80) which we find to be a good price for this bottle.
I got a miniature from Master of Malt but have met the Porters guys at the Aberdeen Gin Fest and can indeed confirm they are nice guys and are very passionate about gin.
Bottle – I also saw the bottle at the gin fest, which they had redesigned since their initial launch. It features the Buddas Hand fruit, which if you haven’t seen before, is a very interesting thing to look at, but also taste within the gin itself. I had never heard of it before or have since, so it definitely adds that uniqueness to the gin and makes it a memorable one.
Serve – I served mine with a slice of orange and Cushiedoo’s tonic which made for a well balanced, clean smooth drink. I find Scottish tonics to be nice and light without an overpowering fizz or taste.
Taste – The Buddhas hand gives the gin a distinctive yet delicate citrus flavour.
Verdict – a very refreshing Gin and Tonic and very well priced on their website (as at 22/07/20 – £31.95)