We’ve reviewed all eight of the gins from the initial batch of Origin gins from Master of Malt. It was a lot of fun to try this range of gins from four very different places and I hope that they will keep me in mind when they come out with future batches including Kosovo, Croatia and Macedonia*. And better yet, perhaps I can claim the 100 pound bounty if my mom’s juniper patch ever yields 10kg of juniper**.
But we’ve covered a lot of ground here. And the origin series is a little expensive. 35 pounds for a 700 mL bottle, and for my American readers, Master of Malt does ship to the states, but expect to pay upwards of $60 for a bottle of the Origin gins. So say you want to buy a couple of bottles, or just get acquainted with the series. Let’s do a recap of where we’ve been:
If you are just getting into gin…
Make sure that you get the Bulgaria one. Easily I’d recommend this to anyone, because this gin is shocking that this flavor is possible to come just from cold distilled juniper berries alone.
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Where are we Today?
The town of Veliki Preslav is the site of an important historical/archaeological region of the nation of Bulgaria. In fact, just down the road was the first capital of the Bulgarian state. Veliki Preslav was the location of a fortress constructed over 1000 years ago under the rule of Knyaz Boris the first. An important cultural center of the early Bulgarian nation, Preslav has a heritage that spans the entire existence of Bulgaria. So it seems appropriate that for Bulgarian’s entry into the juniper terroir competition comes from a place with a history such as this.
Gin: Just Juniper
Bright and almost night and day when compared with other entries in the series. Floral and bright. It almost reminds me of the taste of Hendrick’s gin. As if you don’t need the rose for the flavor of that gin. Just grab some juniper from Bulgaria. I went back for a second shot of the straight up juniper version. I just can’t believe how floral this is on its own with only juniper in it. Remarkable. It does taste like juniper, but I can’t believe that this is only juniper.
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This is the companion piece to Origin: Bulgaria with just juniper ()
Elegantly different. And if this is the exact same botanical mixture as the other origins, I’m shocked. Bright, notes of Cassia and almost anise coming out. Still bright and floral, but the extra botanicals emphasize the juniper side of this batch. Not as overwhelmingly floral. No double-take here. Its just a good gin. It could definitely work exceedingly well in a Negroni and even that floral side could make for a top notch Aviation. I can easily recommend this batch for mixing. It is a good gin period.
Price: £34.95 / 700 mL
Origin: United KingdomJuniper Terroir: Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria
Best consumed: Aviation’s, Martinis and Gin and Tonics. This gin could do it all. It might be a little too juniper forward to some, but for gin drinkers who really like gin, this will perform every cocktail.
Availability: Master of Malt online.Website:http://www.masterofmalt.comRating: What a difference provenance makes. Bright and floral, radically different and that’s just from the juniper. Recommended, if you buy one Origin gin as a comparison point, be sure to include this one.
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