The very first Scottish Gin we review here on Gincubator (we didn’t want to start with that famous one – yes, Hendrick’s). Gilt gin is a little out of the ordinary, but that’s what we like! Our friends from Scotland have given their (single malt) gin a fun twist to the typical London dry style gin. Highly recommended!
A little bit of GILT Gin history
Ever since whisky aficionados learned that Gilt was about to appear on the market, there was widespread outrage. A new kind of whisky? Impossible! But let’s make things clear, Gilt is most definitely not a whisky, but gin. The difference lies in the fact that Gilt gin is produced from 100% malted barley instead of a neutral grain alcohol. Malted barley is also the starting product for the distillation of whisky, hence the confusion.
Gilt gin is a Scottish single malt gin infused with local, high quality botanicals. These are, in no particular order, juniper, cilantro, cardamom, lime, orange, licorice, cassia bark, orris and angelica root. This gin is unique in its own way. One of a kind! Gilt gin is distilled five times from malted barley en water from the Spey river, making it a very pure spirit. At heart, Gilt gin can be categorised as a London dry gin, but the malt spirit gives it that very different taste.
GILT Gin Tasting notes
With lots of enthusiasm, I’m putting my nose inside the glass. A beautiful aroma of fine grains, vanilla and juniper emerges. The whole has a certain sweetness to it, with some fresh hints of citrus and anise. We’re off to a good start! While tasting, I immediately notice earthy notes of cilantro and juniper along with a slightly sweet undertone (toffee or caramel?). Gilt gin has a full flavour, but a dry finish due to earthy notes of juniper and cardamom. This is my kind of gin, definitely worth to add it to your collection!