Black Tomato Gin
Made with a unique botanical, Black Tomato Gin balances sweet and savoury to produce a beautiful spirit, ideal with seafood.
This one-of-a-kind is produced by Kampen Distillery in the Netherlands. Nestled in the small fishing town of Bruinisse, which is famous for mussel fishing and the massive Oosterschelde National Park, they have drawn both inspiration and ingredients from their location. The signature black tomatoes are grown near the distillery and they even go so far as to add a splash of local seawater to the mixture.
100% vegetarian and organic, Kampen Distillery take great pride in doing as much as possible in-house, even going so far as to malt their own grain prior to distillation.
Black Tomato Gin is a robust and powerful spirit with lots of different flavours at play. Rich dark fruits are obvious and followed by pleasant spices on the palate. The powerful fruitiness of the tomato is balanced by its own tanginess and the peppery kick of juniper. Equal parts sweet and savoury, this is a gin that lends itself well to pairing with seafood and seems to cry out to be used in a Red Snapper cocktail.
Whilst it is obvious that this gin is a contemporary Gin, it's flavours and hints of spices are not so obvious. The taste is one of a mild tomato rather than a heavy "in your face" pungent tomato taste. I would award 5 stars, however the price for this gin I feel is somewhat overpriced, considering there are better and more inexpensive gins available.