Sams Island Distillery is a micro-distillery on Samsø, Denmark. Established by Mads Nielsen and Jesper Machholm in 2017. At Sams Islands Distillery they believe in simplicity & balance. They believe that they are incredibly lucky to live and work on Samsø all year round. Sams Island Distillery produces gin, råm, vodka & snaps but they don’t want to stop there.
Further information about this distillery and the products they sell will be available soon.
The gin is made on jet ants from Sam’s Island (Samsø). They are collected manually by sucking up the ants one by one in a “tube”. They use about 2000 jet ants for a batch! Gitte visited the distillery and got to taste a live jet ant! It tasted like an explosion of orange in her mouth!
It smells like citrus, orangepeel and lemonbalm and has a very mild smell. Tasting it neat we get hints of orange and, in lack of a better word, forrest. It is very easy to drink neat although it holds 42%.
We love the bottle. It has an oak cap and the label is vey nice – it’s white, has the logo on it and lots of jet ants. What you see is what you get. It’s simple yet sophisticated.
We mixed it with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic, as suggested from the manufacturer. We used dehydrated orange as garnish to complement the orante taste from the jet ants. Mixed wit tonic the taste is very mild, a bit sweet and spicy. The gin was purchased at Sam’s Island distillery. You were offered samples of both the gin and the ants before purchasing.
The service was just great!
The price was 399.- DKK/around 48 GBP for 350 ml. which is a bit expensive. On the other hand, the ingredients of the gin are all locally foraged and the jet ants are collected one by one, so when you think about that it’s okay.