Something new and something wonderful. Those were the words that swayed me to taste some of Thompson’s Bordelais Gin. And I have to say: it did not disappoint. At all. Maybe that’s why Thompson’s Bordelais Grape gin has already won the bronze medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition!
Next to their signature gin, Thompson’s has an entire array of unique eaux-de-vie, all of them produced from products locally sourced in the Bordeaux region. And it doesn’t end there. I had the privilege to try their very own 1996 Isle of Arran bottling, finished in Sauternes casks from Château La Bouade and bottled at different % ABV (Alcohol By Volume). All great stuff! But let’s not forget we’re going to talk about gin today, so here we go!
A Little something about Thompson’s Bordelais Gin
Thompson’s gin is inspired by the wine making history of the Bordeaux region. Simon Thompson, “the Englishman in Bordeaux”, is familiar with the distillation process due to his family rich distilling tradition. His gin is the perfect marriage of British distilling knowhow and the best the Aquitaine region has to offer.
The starting product of Thompson’s gin is a distillate from both the Ugni blanc and Colombar grapes, typically grown in the Bordeaux region. This is distilled twice in a traditional copper pot still. Afterwards, the spirit matures in virgin oak casks. Thompson’s Gin is a genuine London Dry style gin, bottled at 43% ABV, in which 15 botanicals, native to the Aquitaine region, have been macerated. These botanicals include juniper, ginger, vineyard peaches (pêches de vigne), locally distilled grapes and even caviar from the region. Very special stuff.
Thompson’s Bordelais Gin Tasting Notes
Taking a whiff of my tasting glass filled with Thompson’s gin, already gives me a glance at the French elegance of spirit-making. Very soft and floral notes (from the vineyard peaches) mixed with the warmth of juniper. The softness of the aroma continues on the palate. Fresh citrusy notes are combined with dry spices on the tongue: lots of cardamom and maybe some cumin, but overall, this gin is very creamy on the palate. The caviar is a bit lost on me I’m afraid… Thompson’s gin lingers for quite some time after you’ve tried it, resulting in a long spicy finish. Be sure to try this one out, it’s a lovely gin, filled with flavour and elegance.