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Discovering The Teasmith Gin | Gin Diairies

September 2, 2016

Recently I got to try some wonderful new gin emerging from the crowd, The Teasmith. Based in Scotland, they’re wanting to claim a stake in the ever expanding gin market.

The Teasmith are based in rural Udny, Aberdeenshire. This part of Scotland has a rich heritage tale that links the area with the tea trade. Unearthing this largely unknown fact presented The Teasmith with a fantastic opportunity. Knowing that rural Aberdeenshire was home to one of the first big growers of Ceylon tea (he moved to Sri Lanka to do this). As well as tea being a major import to the ports of Aberdeen, the ideas for a tea based gin in Scotland kept on coming.

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The Teasmith is a unique gin in that its the first gin to use hand-picked tea; a special black tea sourced by the team provides a distinct minty sweetness when distilled. This combination complements traditional gin botanicals perfectly.

Trying The Teasmith Gin

It took time to perfect the recipe, adding tea to the still and steeping at the end, all producing different flavour profiles. In the end they took their knowledge of distilled tea and merged it with classic gin recipe botanicals Β­ juniper, coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise, angelica, calamus and orris root.

This mix leaves The Teasmith Gin with a classic juniper at the fore with a balance of citrus and a little spice, the minty sweetness of the tea lingering in the end notes. And that is just what I tasted, a wonderful spice at the forefront, but a fresh taste at the end. A delicate gin, it doesn’t need much apart from tonic and a sprig of mint.

The Teasmith Serve

You can currently register for the Autumn 2016 release of this gin. You’d better hurry though, I think this is going to be popular!

Have you managed to get your hands on a sample? Have you tried any interesting new gins lately? Let me know in the comments,

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P.S. The Teasmith kindly sent me a sample to try. All words, photos and opinions are my own.

6 Comments

  • Reply Claire September 6, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    What a lovely idea for a gin – I’d love to try this one.

  • Reply fashionandstylepolice September 5, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I am not much of a gin drinker but this sounds fab. I have many friends who would love this.

  • Reply Jenny September 5, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This sounds really unusual but delicious. I haven’t had a G&T in years but I really want one now!

  • Reply Anushka September 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    G&T’s are my favourite! Thanks for the recommendation! Will be adding this to my ‘must try’ list for Autumn – it’s great to break out something new and special when you have people round!

  • Reply Katya September 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I love the idea of gin made from distilled tea. The packaging looks very stylish too. Another one to add to my drinks cabinet!

  • Reply Laura September 3, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Absolutely love Gin and Tonic and have been loving Hendricks at the moment which I think also comes from Scotland but always looking to try something new and this sounds so good! Love the bottles as well

    Laura x

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