Hammer & Sons Geranium Gin is the delicious and ingenious creation of Henrik Hammer, an accredited IWSC Gin judge, and his father, hence the name.
Equal parts history, science and magic went into the creation of Geranium Gin, which was inspired by the father & son team’s desire to produce a gin that was dry and aromatic, suitable for both dry mixers like tonic as well as fruitier or sweeter fare.
Henrik aimed to create a classic London Dry, centered around juniper first and foremost, which covered the dry aspect of his spirit. The aromatic elements came from geranium and was inspired by the plant’s historical use in medicinal tonic drinks alongside juniper and angelica (another common gin ingredient). Henrik reasoned that if these botanicals were so often combined together then they almost certainly had complementary flavour profiles.
Fortunately for him, his father was a chemist and was able to chemically analyse the leaves of a geranium to test this theory. He discovered significant amounts of oils such as; geraniol formate, rose oxide and citronelol, which are all also found in common gin ingredients. On paper, geranium was a natural partner to juniper. Henrik’s father was also able to distill the essential oils from Geranium using alcohol.
After much trial and error using a small 5 litre still, the pair hit upon a recipe using 10 botanicals: juniper, geranium, lemon, orange, coriander seeds, cassia bark, orris root, angelica root, liquorice, and one secret ingredient. With the assistance of Langley’s Distillery in Birmingham, (makers of Martin Miller’s amongst other famous gin) the recipe was tweaked for commercial production and Geranium Gin was born.
Unfortunately, especially considering how crucial he was to the development process, Henrik’s father did not live to taste the first bottle that was produced. But the success of the gin has been a testament to the pair's vision, hard work, creativity and technical rigour in developing one of the world’s best gins.
Geranium Gin has a clean fresh palate, rightly led by juniper with strong citrus and aromatic tea-like floral notes adding to its considerable complexity. It is an outstandingly smooth and well-balanced gin with a crisp rosy-citrus geranium aroma.
It is also remarkably light, both in aroma and body. Geranium Gin lacks any harsh alcohol heat but is an easy drinking spirit, ideal for summer.
Geranium Gin has been awarded medals by 13 of the world’s most major spirit competitions; including the IWSC, World Spirit awards, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, San Diego spirit Festival and Berlin International Spirits.
It’s also been adopted as the signature drink of both the Danish Royal Opera and the Danish Parliament in the form of a Gin & Roses cocktail. Geranium is already a delicate and floral gin so it prefers a mixer that is similarly light and aromatic. Fentiman's Rose Lemonade is ideal as the subtle rose notes lift and mingle with the geranium flavours to make a veritable bouquet in a glass.
To make a Gin & Roses:
For a limited time* only you can get 4 bottle of Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade for free when you buy a bottle of Geranium Gin. You don’t need to do anything except buy your gin from https://www.ginfestival.com/products/geranium and our warehouse team will add the rose lemonade to your parcel.
*01/07/2016 until 31/07/2016
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