As if a pioneer organism, the East London Liquor Company has brought distilling back to London’s East End for the first time in over a hundred years. The re-purposed glue factory that they call home is where they distill their rum, vodka and line of gins, which number three at the moment. They have their entry level gin and two premium gins. One features tea and the other (the subject of this review) takes a more herbal forward approach featuring bay, sage, fennel and the unusual winter savory. Closely related to the summer savory, it played yin to summer’s yang.
All Gins containing: Bay Leaf
We were quite big fans of Atelier Vie’s Euphrosine #9 Barrel Finished Reserve GIn (), so it stands that we’re also excited to see how the gin stands on its own. Again, not much is mentioned about the internals of the gin. We know there’s nine botanicals, two of which are bay and juniper. The gin visually trades on the reputation of New Orleans, replete with fleur-de-lis, but the spirit itself is steeped more deeply in the gin tradition of London. Let’s look a little closer:
Juniper clear and present on the nose, there’s a menthol tinged note that does indeed summon visions of bay laurel, but also hints of rosemary, and “green” garden herbs in general.