The Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is a German Gin infused with Riesling grapes and distilled in limited numbers. In this way, the producers are convinced to be able to create a high-quality gin that promises supreme drinking pleasure. Have they succeeded? Just by looking at the luxurious paper packaging makes you wonder about the bottle’s content. Let’s take a look.
A little bit of Ferdinand’s Saar History
Ferdinand von Saar? Let me google that for you… Apparently, Ferdinand von Saar was a famous Austrian author and poet. He is also considered the greatest realist writer in the German language at the end of the 19th century. This is all very interesting, of course, but what about the gin? Well, Ferdinand von Saar has nothing to do with the Ferdinand’s Saar gin at all. The gin owes its name to the Royal Prussian District Forester Ferdinand Geltz, who ensured that the family Zilliken could exercise viticulture for over 250 years in the Saarburger Rausch district. Dorothee is now the 11th generation of the family making wine. Along with master distiller Andreas Vallendar, she is responsible for this unique gin.
Andreas Vallendar wants to guarantee the complexity and the specific character of this gin by distilling it in small batches. Moreover, he only uses local, homegrown ingredients. Next to the Riesling infusion, another thirty hand-picked botanicals (all grown on the Zilliken estate) are put into the pot still.
These thirty botanicals (we’re not going to write them all down here) include thyme, lavender, juniper, blackthorn, angelica, hops blossom, coriander, ginger and lemon. The combination of these botanicals and the Riesling infusion ensures that the specific character of the area is very present, which is exactly what Andrew and Dorothee want. The balancing of such a large amount of ingredients is not easy. Monkey 47 is a gin that has managed to such variation to spend a beautiful finished product, hopefully we can say the same about the Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin.
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin Tasting Notes
On the nose, I mostly get floral aromas interspersed with a few notes of lemon. Juniper appears more on the background, but remains constantly present. Time to put it to the taste! It’s immediately clear how dominant the Riesling infusion really is: the Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin has that typical wine-like flavour. In a second sip, the lavender is peeping around the corner. Although the Riesling grape tastes great in combination with floral and occasional spicy notes (thyme), the gin still remains quite dry. The finish is long and fruity.
The flavour profile makes me reminisce about the G’Vine Floraison. Is Ferdinand’s better? In my humble opinion, it is. No wait, let me rephrase that: I think Ferdinand’s Saar Dry gin is better balanced than the G’Vine Floraison. Overall, a fantastic gin that most definitely needs a place in your gin collection. You won’t regret it. It’s really, really great.