So we may be advised from travelling to Spain today, but that doesn’t mean Spain can’t travel to us!
We were so pleased when Amber and Byron reached out to us last month about trying their Palma gin.
Whilst waiting for the bottle to arrive, we couldn’t help but start researching the business more. One thing that is striking about @mallorcadistillery is their dedication to the environment and the beautiful island. This is most keenly shown in the bottle design, that took over ten months to complete. It takes design cues from the traditional Mallorcan tiles known as ‘suelo hidraulico’ that are wonderfully intricate and colourful. We’re so impressed with their efforts to be eco-friendly, including the ink-print organic paint on the glass bottle, supporting local organic farmers, and the botanicals that are locally and ethically foraged.
Speaking about the planet, what a small world it is! The more we got chatting with these two, we realised how much we had in common, including them living round the corner from Soph and Ian and Amber growing up round the corner from me - us Geordies all know each other!
I was so privileged to take the first taste for the team. On the nose the vibrancy from the citrus really hits first, but the more I became familiar with the spirit, the more the floral notes really come to the fore. This soft sweetness combined with the earthy locally forged juniper,makes a beautiful combination. To taste it’s certainly juniper forward, but more heavy on the citrus and spice but with lingering sweetness which is perfect when paired with a Mediterranean tonic!
Tonight I served it as a white negroni - another new favourite thanks to Sophia introducing me to them following weeks of researching! For my measures I used -
60ml Palma Gin
15ml Cinzano Dry
Although it’s not a rule ... well that we know of anyway, we’ve been using coastal gins in our white negronis for a while now, the balance of mild salty tones with the sweetness is perfect on our palate and this gin works incredibly well. Can’t wait to try this in a gin and tonic when it decides to stop chucking in town in the North East - fancy swapping places guys? - R