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The excellent Geranium London Dry Gin is taken up a few notches with Geranium 55 - a 55% ABV version created to celebrate their 5th anniversary.
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.
Keeping to its distinctive floral profile throughout , due to the use of geranium as a key botanical, Geranium 55 also has an earthy spice and a healthy quantity of juniper on the palate. Light citrus notes work delightfully with its floral qualities. The extra ABV makes Geranium 55 a great gin to make a distinct, unique and strong martini, as well as a solid gin and tonic.
There are definite floral undertones in this gin however these are not too obvious and certainly do not detract from the refreshing nature of the drink. I found plain tonic to be perfect so as to taste the gin properly, however, elderflower may also work quite well.