I was lucky enough to have a surprise trip to Milan at the end of last year. I’d already been speaking to the guys from GIASS – but was great to actually meet them. We sat in a busy sports bar in the centre of Milan talking all things Gin with Simone – one of the founders of this lovely Gin.
A really interesting liquid – one of the most complicated Gins I’ve had in a while. It’s London Dry – so fits in nicely with this month’s theme – London Dry January.
Before distillation, the still is bursting with 18 botanicals – which have been macerated for a lengthy 72 hours. After – and watered to bottle strength, we are left with an expectedly complex, yet well balanced finished product.
Nose is actually rather unassuming – with some sweeter apple blossom tones over anything else.
Taste – this is where things get interesting. GIASS is the Inception of Gins. The longer you leave it in your mouth, the more levels you drop through. Level 1 is fairly sweet, more flowery than sugary – but this links nicely to level 2 – citrus. Oily verbena rather than a zesty vibrancy. The levels keep going, I’m pretty sure even my palate wasn’t able to pick everything out! But it really does take you on a journey!!
Works remarkably well in a Negroni – of course, given where it’s made! But G&T wise – keep things simple with a really dry tonic and a slither of lemon. Classic.
All in all a real gem – classically made and beautifully complicated – this is a must for a true gin fan.
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