I know, I complained a lot about new gins still being introduced to the market… Well, I resigned, I will just appreciate every new drop of gin as a contribution to the diversity of the gin world! In this case however, I am pretty excited to try this new bottle of gin for various reasons: First, I know the distiller and love his other spirits. Second, I know the guy who sent it to me, because he commissioned some tailor-made bitters. So, I am afraid I am not completely impartial on this one!
New Western Style gin with one drawback
For starters, I will tell you all about the B My Gin’s background. In the beginning there were three guys from the Lake Constance region who were in search of their own personal gin: Patrick Braun a passionate purser and bar manager at the Il Bar at the Il Boccone in Constance, Thomas Weber Patrick’s boss and owner of the Il Boccone and Eugen Schindler the founder of Schindler Parent an advertising agency. So far this is nothing out of the ordinary, because in today a lot of guys want to create their own gin. Yet, not all of them get a renown distiller like Florian Faude to help producing their gin! When it comes to botanicals the Be My Gin uses apples, lavender, roses and violets from the Lake Constance region, lemons and juniper from Italy and cardamom from India. Apart from that, as all of Florian’s products the gin is distilled on a copper pot-still. The only drawback of the gin in my opinion is the cork they used to seal the bottle. Of course, like with some other German gin, I get the appeal, but in the setting of a bar or home bar it is not quite adequate. I luckily had a glass stopper lying around and replaced the cork with it.
|B My Gin|
|Price:||80 € per litre|
|Appearance:||Clear, small windows, medium fast tears|
|Nose:||Lavender, thyme, hint of apples, herbs, whiff of juniper, some menthol and mint notes, rose petals, lemon eau de vie, spices, black pepper|
|Taste:||Smooth, fruity, lemon, lavender, spices & herbs, pepper, cooling cardamom|
|Aftertaste:||Rather long with flowers and hot spices, Szechuan pepper|
As I already told you, I am not impartial when it comes to the B My Gin! Nevertheless, it is a properly made gin. It is clearly a Western Dry style, but in contrast to a lot of other more famous bottles it did not forget where it came from. This means that you will notice the juniper in the aroma and the taste. Although, it is not as piny and resinous as in juniper forward gins, it has a more floral note which goes very well with the lavender. Apart from that, I would say the lemon aroma is also very prominent and together with the delicate apple flavour, it gives the B My Gin a rather fruity backbone. Towards the aftertaste the gin also develops some notes of spices which reminded me of black pepper and a hint of Szechuan. I know the thing with Szechuan pepper again, I do not know why I notice this rather uncommon spice with a lot of gins lately…
The question everybody is going to ask…
Does it go well with tonic water? – Well, yes obviously! I made a Gin & Tonic with my standard tonic water workhorse Fever Tree and it was quite good. However, the resulting highball was very delicate in flavour, so you have to be careful how much tonic water to use. The other option would be head for a slightly lighter tonic water like 1742 in the first place. Those two tonic waters together with Aqua Monaco also were Patrick’s suggestions. He also mentioned that I could use apple, cucumber or lemon as a garnish. Yet, I went for a slightly different choice, as you can see in the picture above. Of course, I did not only make a Gin & Tonic, but also a Gin Smash variation.
Inspired by the Santa Muerte
At this years cocktail enthusiasts meeting which took place in Stuttgart, I had a drink called the Santa Muerte create by Jonas Hald. It used one of my favourite white rums Revolte, lime, thyme and a combination of cherry eau de vie and mezcal for coating. So, what I did was adapt the recipe and change a few things. First, I tried a few of Florian Faude’s eau de vies and I decided to use his Mirabelle eau de vie in my new drink instead of the cherry eau de vie and mezcal mix. I first wanted to replace the thyme with the leaves of the curry plant, but at the last minute I changed my mind and went for lemon balm and just kept a sprig of curry plant leaves as a garnish. I was afraid that otherwise the aroma of the curry plant would overtake the whole drink. Basically, the recipe was complete then, but I also threw in some peach bitters to round off the whole cocktail.
0,5 cl Faude Mirabelle Eau De Vie
2 Dashes The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters
2,25 cl Lemon Juice
1,5 cl Simple Syrup
<⅛ oz Faude Mirabelle Eau De Vie
2 Dashes The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters
¾ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup
Shake – double strain – chilled Cocktail glass;
Garnish: Sprig of curry plant leaves;
Song: The Heavy – Be Mine
The aroma of the drink is clearly dominated by the curry plant with a slight sweetness and some fruity notes in the back. When taking the first sip you will instantly notice the gin and surprisingly quite a lot of rose petals which are not this prominent when trying the gin neat. After that, there is a mix of different fruits with naturally the mirabelles standing out. Only then the sweet and sour mix becomes noticeable with a clear lemon flavour and some lavender in the aftertaste. I think it is quite clear that I like the B My Gin and I highly recommend it for modern gin drinks, especially if they have some kind of acidity to them. It really brings out the flavours of the B My Gin.
*The fact that I received a product reviewed in this article for free, did not – in any way – influence the rating of said product.