Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin seeks to differentiate itself pretty radically from the get go.
The base spirit is distilled from locally grown Albariño (or Cainho Branco) grapes. The wine from the grapes is bright, almost botanical just on its own, and wine-aficionados compare it favorable to Gerwurtztraminer. Food and Wine magazine one suggested it might be “the next great summer wine” (Rieslings be on guard!). While the wines are a particular specialty of Galicia, Albariños are still more uncommon, making this gin a unique specimen before you get to the botanicals.
The nose of Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin is bright with sweetly floral aromas, a bit like a perfumed guest soap or potpourri. Fruit wine, hints of peach and rose with smatterings of rainbow sherbet and raspberries. There’s a lot of intriguing moments in the nose, but it’s perhaps a bit too much. But, wow. I have no idea what this is going to taste like!
First sip, “this tastes like perfume.” The finish is a bit like strawberry Fruit snacks (gummy candies).
Second sip, I’m looking to try and get some more precision on that first note- there might be a slight bit of juniper in there, along with a lot of fruity floral notes. Raspberry and candied strawberry, stone fruit, menthol/minty notes towards the late palate before the fruit seems to come back.
Third sip, the spirit itself is fairly smooth, though medium thin. Heat is present in the back of the throat and the sides, but it’s a gentle radiant warmth rather than overt heat. The afterglow is medium/long, with fruity floral notes persisting, hibiscus tea, lemon verbena, and bay leaves as well. There is certainly a complexity in here, which is becoming more evident on the fourth, fifth and sixth sip.
I might be a little overwhelmed by some of the soapy/perfumed notes; however, there is plenty here that might merit a closer look. As this is only an impression, I couldn’t put it to the full test in a line of cocktails, but I can see how this might be a gin which transforms’ some ideas of what gin can be.