I mentioned at a party over the weekend that I had bought Saffron infused gin, and the reaction was an assortment of “really?!”, “I don’t think that goes together,” and “I’m skeptical but I’ll try it anyway.”
I’m on board with all three reactions to an extent.
First up is the color. It looks something like a children’s drink resembling Pedialyte or those orange hugs. I had the same sort of cognitive dissonance when drinking the Tru gin. If my Gin and Tonic isn’t crystal clear, it doesn’t feel like a gin and tonic.
As for the taste it goes surprisingly well in a gin and tonic, but prepare not to fully experience the saffron. In a gin and tonic, the saffron and fennel come through, but in a balanced manner. There’s a strange sweet taste- not bad, just strange, almost as if there was already simple syrup in the gin. Despite the sweet undertone, this gin does not go well in a Tom Collins, Martini nor in any other drink that has a strong sweet or sour component. The flavors seem to clash with one another. Dare I say, I found the perfect gin for a Churchhill Martini, or even to be sipped on the rocks. Honestly, these two methods are probably your best bet for really appreciating the subtle saffron flavor that seems to really come out as you sip it.
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We bought this Gin on a lark at our local liquor store, but really didn't know what to do with it! I've ready many negative reviews of this Gin, especially when used for a Gin and Tonic. The issue is, that the use of Saffron, rather than Juniper, makes this unlike any other Gin I've every had. The base spirit is very good, like an excellent Vodka, the saffron is very light and easily overpowered by both tonic and lime.My favorite use of this Gin is a 3-to-1 ratio of good quality soda to Gabriel Boudier's Saffron Gin, generally in a highball glass over ice. Very refreshing with a light saffron note.