The Ultimate Gin Library- Saffron Gin
Distillery: Boudier, Dijon, France
Gabriel Boudier is well known for their highly acclaimed product Crème de Cassis de Dijon. It is a known fact that France’s highest decoration – the Legion d’honneur was claimed by this this product.
One would say they are no strangers to distilling and it all started in 1874. The company is typically French and runs as a family owned business. It is noteworthy and unique that the gin label is printed using tin and not on paper as the norm. It is a personal touch given to the branding and marketing.
It is the colour of the gin which separates it from the rest, and it is almost similar to a glass of Irn-Bru. Saffron, one of the most expensive spices found around the globe adds colour to this exquisite gin. Saffron has been used during the nineteenth century and had been used in recipes found in the Boudier archive. It is likely that the spice would have been of Indian origin and then brought into Europe for production.
Saffron is not much used in producing gin today and Diplome and Cadenhead’s Old Raj Gin may be the only other gins which uses saffron as an ingredient.
The botanicals commonly used are juniper, coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, iris and fennel which are fairly conventional ingredients. The saffron comes to play after distillation and the gin is best enjoyed in a cocktail.
The Saffron Gin although produced by a well-known producer, is something of a loner as it differentiates it from the rest due to its unusual colour. The saffron governs the rest of the flavours and there is no proper balance. However, it is something of a novelty and definitely a gin to try out!
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