Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba Gin 50cl
Daring and invigorating with notes of black pepper, citrus and ginger.
Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba 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 Piper Cubeba gin is made in small batches in a "concealed" distillery in the west of Belgium, they macerate and distill the botanicals together before adding double distilled cubeb pepper.
Daring and invigorating, this gin has a unique blend of botanicals, which give it a distinct spicy profile from the cubeb pepper, which is joined with hints of citrus from orange. Unusually, they use malted barley in their distillation along with the required juniper. These are joined with corriander seeds, bitter orange peel, orange blossom, ginger, green cardamom, lavender and licorice, angelica and orris root. Finally, a secret Belgian botanical is added.
Definitely a spicy gin, with clear citrus notes. The end finish is spicy too, with the piper cubeb (pepper) coming through as well as a warmth from the malted barley and earthy notes from ginger liquorice and cardamom.
Whilst this is really delicious drunk on its own over ice, having it as a gin tonic brings out a slightly different character. The bubbles tone down the spicy notes a little, and the quinine helps draw out the citrus a little more.
It works best with a neutral, and dry tonic such as Three Cents Dry Tonic. In a glass filled with ice, add 50ml of the gin to 150ml of the tonic. Garnish with a slice of orange, and some black peppercorns.