Blind Tiger Imperial Secrets Gin 50cl
A lush and smooth Belgian gin, with three different teas adding notes of the east
Blind Tiger Imperial Secrets Gin
Whilst it gives a striking look to the bottle, there is a reason behind the name of Blind Tiger. Another name for a speakeasy, A blind tiger was a hidden bar which served alcohol during the period of prohibition. The door of the place would have the picture of a blind tiger or a blind pig, so those in the know would know where to go!
Blind Tiger's Imperial Secrets gin is made in small batches in a "concealed" distillery in the west of Belgium, they macerate and distill the botanicals together before adding seperately distilled teas afterwards.
And it is these teas which make this gin something unique and different. Three different Imperial black teas, Indian harmutty Assam tea, Imperial pu-erh himalaya cashmere from the Himalayas and Chinese Yunan matured tea are meticulously distilled to extract their flavours, before being blended and added to the gin.
This is a smooth and lucious gin which also takes notes from a botanical blend which includes juniper berries, coriander seeds, grains of paradise, angelica and iris root, lemon peel, bitter almonds and lemon grass. All impart something special to the gin.
This is a very well balanced gin overall, between spicy and floral. A smooth gin, its initial nose opens with a little spice, juniper and almond. The taste has mild hints of citrus, coriander and lemongrass, which is backed up by the black tea.
Floral notes also come through, particularly from the black teas, and these are what linger on the palate at the end of the drink. Differently delicious!
This gins smooth and balanced complexity is best enjoyed neat, over ice or paired with a clean and smooth tonic. For this we recommend Three-Cents Tonic Water. In a glass, add 50ml of gin to 150ml of tonic, and garnish with a slice of lemon.
The full flavour also works well with Fever-Tree Ginger Ale. Swap out the tonic for the ale for an added ginger kick to the drink.