The Gin Den reviews Birch Gin

The Gin Den

Birch Gin arrived at The Gin Den this week in amongst the rain storms and right at the point the sun shone, so it was straight outside for a quick shot of this stunning branding.

This is a new gin found by chance on Instagram Squares, (and shows one of the many positive sides of social media in providing exposure to brands, that results in a purchase and further support).

I would encourage you to read the full journey that the creation of this gin has taken at @birchgin, it’s fascinating and in summary is as result of the passion and dedication of the creator Justin Birch, taking Ten years to perfect, then coupled with the experience of distiller Andrew Parsons of Bucknell Distillery to create a partnership that resulted in a gin that is truly something exceptional.

It’s distilled using the one-shot method, an approach taken by only around 3% of the World’s gins, in essence with the exact method of botanicals distilled in one ‘shot’

Its botanicals include Birch Syrup, Juniper, Coriander, Rosemary, Orris Root, Lemongrass, Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Cardamom, Ginger and Cinnamon and an ingredient only known to Justin and Andrew. Birch syrup is a costly and rare ingredient with a dark, caramel yet spicy flavour. The sap can only be tapped in March each year with 100 litres needed to create 1 litre of birch syrup.

On the nose it feels like you are taking a journey around the world, with clean subtle hints of spice, citrus and herbs.

On the palate, tasted neat that journey continues with the warming spices, followed by the sweetness of the orange, lime and grapefruit and then ginger coming through, with some woody tones and then finally the caramel from the birch sap.

It’s rare that I come across a gin for all palates but this is most definitely one of those!