It almost seems as if a classic dessert has come straight out of The Flavor Bible and into a gin. Strawberry & Balsamico Gin combines a classic style gin with the real-deal Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP to create something the world has never seen before.
Beyond that, black pepper and strawberry are also added to round out the flavor of the gin.
Owing to the rich, dark hue of a 12–25 year aged Balsamic Vinegar, Strawberry & Balsamico Gin is cola colored in hue.
The nose is sweet and richly fruit-forward. You get notes of chocolate covered blueberries, Damson plums, dark cherry juice and strawberries so ripe you can barely pick them up without their juices coming out. To put it simply, it’s a luscious and absolutely inviting nose.
The palate is where Strawberry & Balsamico Gin becomes less about metaphor and evocative tasting notes. It simply tastes like strawberries and balsamic vinegar, only without the acidity and bite. There’s surprisingly little in terms of added texture. If you were expecting there to be enough of the vinegar to add viscosity to it, you may be disappointed. However, Strawberry & Balsamico Gin captures the flavor of the vinegar so perfectly just as it is. Any more and you’d be left with harsh acetic acid notes.
But hold your horses. If you’re about to jump on twitter and start calling Fake Gin on this— sit back and breathe for a second. The finish of Strawberry & Balsamico Gin has a hint of juniper and a healthy hit of classic gin baking spice accord.
As the moderate sweetness recedes, there’s no mistaking that Strawberry & Balsamico Gin is a gin.
I feel like mixing this too much would be a disservice. Strawberry & Balsamico Gin is designed to be drank neat or on the rocks.
If you are bent on mixing with it, might I suggest treating it a bit like a Sloe Gin. It pairs well with lemon juice and would make for a really interesting Sloe Gin Fizz.
Overall, Strawberry & Balsamico Gin
This is a fun gin. Plain and simple. Fans of sloe gins and damson gins will find this right up their alley. The jammy fruit notes read very similar to Strawberry Bank Damson Gin or Lyme Bay Winery Sloe Gin. It’s not cloying at all and is nicely balanced.
Where it really sets it apart is that beautiful note of Balsamic Vinegar. There’s really nothing else out there like this, and it’s worth seeking.
Recommended in its category.