Poetic License Independent Small Batch Distillery’s announce the next gin The Rarities range; an Agave Nectar Gin.
The nose on the gin is sweet from the natural, unrefined sugars of the agave nectar with aromas of earthy black pepper and floral notes from hibiscus and rose.
On tasting, the flavour is immediately sweet candied-ness which gives way to a vibrant, fresh lift from pink pepper, which is big but short-lived. Juniper comes through next. A rosy floral-ness follows with a slight bitter kick from hibiscus, then citrus with lemongrass managing the transition. The drink ends on citrus from kaffia lime leaves, aromatic black pepper and the sweetness agave promises.
The gin is a vegan-friendly alternative to the popular honey gin style and takes flavour-inspiration from Mexico, where most of the world’s agave is grown; it is distilled and infused with agave nectar as well as hibiscus which gives it its soft pink hue. This will be #8 in Poetic License’s range of limited editions, ‘The Rarities’, and will be available from the middle of September.
Master distiller, Luke Smith, commented on his latest creation. “Agave nectar is a popular natural sweetener, often used as an alternative to sugar or honey in cooking. It is considered to be around one-and-a-half times as sweet but to still respect other flavours, allowing them to shine without modifying them in the same way, which is why I was so keen to experiment with it in gin.
“This is a sweet gin, but as this sweetness comes from an unrefined source it does not become sickly, saccharine sweet. We also used hibiscus in this gin which gives a floral yet slightly bitter note as well as the delightful blushing tone. Pepper makes the gin very aromatic and adds a lift of spice.”
The perfect pour for this gin is simply with premium tonic and orange peel. The cocktail, however, is a little more flamboyant; an Agave Nectar Gin Margarita. This drink is similar to a gimlet but adds the bit extra fun this Mexican-inspired gin deserves with a traditional margarita glass with a less-traditional hibiscus sugar-rim.
‘The Rarities’ range launched in 2017, during which time there were 4 limited edition flavoured gins produced; an Orange Blossom in February, a Cherry and Basil in June and a Gooseberry & Elderflower in September and finally a Blackberry and Bay in October.
2018 has seen them create an Espresso gin, a Sweet Bell Pepper and Naga Chilli gin and a Tutti Frutti gin prior to this latest release.
All their Rarities thus far have sold out within just a few days due to their ‘grab-it-while-you-can’ nature, the Tutti Frutti gin proved so incredibly popular they broke their own rules and made a second batch. It is anticipated the newest offering will be in similar high demand.