The Origin series of gins explore the ways that regional differences in climate can affect the flavor of juniper in distilled products. In Fall 2016, I wrote about this phenomenon in Artisan Spirit magazine, but I find that the Origin series (available from Master of Malt) is the best way, short of sourcing and distilling yourself, to witness this variation.
About Mepple, The Netherlands
Mepple, The Netherlands was incorporated as an inland business center in the 16th century. Its located directly adjacent to De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, a track of over 100 square kilometers of birds, rivers, and…. cane plantations.
The juniper in the single origin Mepple, The Netherlands comes across clearly in the nose. Generally pine-forward, it also has a slight woody character.
The palate is brightly juniper-forward. At first there’s minty, slightly herbal notes. Then Mepple Gin takes a slight turn. Just before the finish there’s a creamy hint of almond essential oil (!). It reminds of vanilla, and then almond, with a slight Marzipan tang.
Mepple’s finish is fairly traditional. It has a gentle drying juniper character with a woody/herbal tinge in the background.
This gin shows that juniper, alone, can have some really unusual surprises inside. Fans of classic style gins may enjoy drinking Mepple, The Netherlands Single Origin Gin simply on its own. But juniper geeks looking to learn more about the style and the botanical will find this to be yet another surprising and slightly unusual entry in the Origin series.
This is the companion piece to the Origin Netherlands with added Botanicals.