TEASMITH GIN 43% VOL 70CL
The Teasmith Gin founders Nick and Emma Smalley, hailing from aberdeenshire, have something in common with all of us who peruse around Gin Foundry: they’re long time, borderline fanatical Gin drinkers. Their Juniper-consumption has long been led by curiosity and they’ve often experimented with infusions, twisting the gins onto the market into drinks more suited to them. The experimentation was stepped up a notch for their wedding, when they created sloe gins as favours for their guests.
Juniper rises up out of the glass, fresh, grassy and loud. It’s supported by bright orange peel at the fore, while an earthy sweetness murmurs beneath.
Juniper leads the taste, too, joined by spiky Coriander seed and a sweet, fresh hint of orange. The roots provide a clean sweetness, with all the dustiness from the nose eradicated. The tea is a complex ingredient; it conspires with the orange at first, but separates towards the middle of the sip, breaking off into something far more cooling. It’d make for a nuanced Martini, but would be completely at home in one of the more refreshing cocktails, like a Gin Rickey.
In a G and T, it changes slightly. The tartness of tonic matches the tea well and the juniper takes on a more piney quality, emitting the crispness of fir tree tips, while the tea’s cooling elements are louder. At 43% ABV, the gin doesn’t get drowned out either so could work accross a range of tonics. Our suggestion would to add a pink grapefruit peel as a garnish if you want to accentuate the citussy notes within the gin, or alternatively add a sprig of mint to bring out the green freshness of the tea.