‘Island Queen’ is created with 9 botanicals, all of which were selected by Monica Galetti to create this exceptional gin inspired by the South Pacific to reflect Monica’s culinary style.
To capture the tropical aromas and enticing flavours of the Caribbean and South Pacific, fresh pineapples were at first slow-roasted and smoked over manuka wood in a traditional Kamado oven, before steeping the flesh in the finest English wheat spirit for 72 hours.
The pineapple infused base spirit was then distilled with the remainder of the botanicals including coconut, lime and mango with Dartmoor water according to the London Dry Standard on ‘Provident’, a traditional Arnold Holstein 450l copper pot still.
Steeping the pineapples in the base spirit has captured the freshness of this magnificent fruit along with the sweet smokiness from the manuka wood. Mango and fresh lime peel add further tropical notes along with a green freshness and subtle anise. Macedonian juniper is used in the same quantity as in Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’ and provides a foundation on which to build the flavours and aromas. Green cardamom and pink peppercorns provide warmth and lengthen the finish.
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