December’s Gin Box
Pickering’s Red Gin
The First gin to be handcrafted at Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh for over 150 years. Awarded Gold Medal by San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the World Spirit Awards.
Distilled in Edinburgh Scotland. 42% ABV
Pickering’s gin is based on an original Bombay recipe, handwritten on a fragment of paper dated 17 July 1947. Kept as a family secret for over 66 years, it only resurfaced in 2013 when the team (Matt and Marcus) began distilling at Summerhall.
They have now fine-tuned the recipe, perfecting its balance of botanicals and tweaking it to the contemporary palate. The result is a spectacularly smooth, refreshing and flavoursome gin.
The 9 botanicals – juniper, coriander, cardamom, angelica, fennel, anise, lemon, lime and cloves – are carefully measured and added to the grain spirit in a 500 litre copper still. Named Gert.
The secret of the gin’s smoothness is Gert’s ingenious, custom-designed bain marie heating system. This provides a gentle all-over-heat to the still. Thus the botanicals enjoy a luxurious simmer that coaxes out their subtle, soft, highly drinkable flavours.
In 2016 the team created the now world famous and Original ‘Gin Baubles’. We couldn’t give you a festive Gin Box without including some Gin Baubles filled with the very Gin that’s in your gin box this month, the original and best Pickerings Red top Gin. They are refillable so re use them year after year.
Fentimans is a botanically brewed tonic water that will do just the trick – We’re on the fence with this the garnish here though – Works great as a London Dry Style G&T With fresh limes in the glass, but is also capable of withstanding a big wedge of grapefruit and lots of ice too. Either way, you’re in for a treat this month.
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Anise, Fennell, Lemon, Lime, Cardamom and Clove
The Nose: Light, fresh and ripe on the nose, with berries dominating
The Palate: Smooth on the palate with clean pine flavour coming through. Strongly aromatic. Hints of liquorice and cinnamon. Slightly nutty notes. Lavender like softness.
The Finish: Fresh hits continue over the long finish
THE PERFECT G&T
I tried a few combinations this month with this gin, settling ultimately for wedges of fresh lime and fentimans tonic. I did try a Double Dutch tonic as well but it was flavoured and I felt the botanicals could not come thorough. Pickerings themselves say the garnish of grapefruit is king, but I’m less convinced that it’s perfect serve doesn’t include fresh lime. The refreshing citrus and juniper on the palate quickly gives way for a lengthy and herbal finish. For me, fill a tumbler full of ice and squeeze you limes into it first. Pour over Pickerings Red Top (from a Bauble!) and fill with Fentimans tonic water.