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