Gustav Metsä Gin 50cl
A true homage to Finnish nature, with botanicals straight from the Finnish forest
Gustav Metsä Gin
The story behind Lignell & Piispanen (the creators of the Gustav range of spirits) goes back to 1852. A family run business from then until today, it was started by Gustav Ranin when he purchases the Crown Distillery (itself founded in 1783) situated in the city of Kuopio (around 400km north-east of Helsinki) in Finland.
Right from their beginnings, the company has taken inspiration from the pristine forests and marshlands of their region. They handpick the berries and plants from this region, which are the pure raw materials used within their Gustav Spirits.
Their 170+ year history, attention to detail, and flavours found in their pristine landscape come together to create their delicious Gustav Spirits.
Their Metsä Gin is made predominantly with botanicals harvested from the Nordic fields and forests. These are Juniper berries, lingonberries, birch leaves, spruce tips, nettles, dandelion root, as well as basil and coriander. These are then aroma distilled delicately by hand to ensure the delicate botanicals are captured in the gin. This 'forest to glass' philosophy ensures this is a true homage to the Finnish forests.
The aroma captures the botanicals perfectly, with the piney juniper and hints of spice coming through. The flavours are compled, and capture the juniper perfectly with its citrus spice coming through. Herbal notes continue, joined by cardamom and leave a defined freshness on the palate as the flavours fade.
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This can easily be enjoyed as a refreshing shot - and we'd recommend serving straight from the freezer if doing this.
For a longer, classic Gin & Tonic, take a large glass filled with ice and add 50ml of gin. Gently pour over 150 - 200ml of your chosen tonic (any neutral tonic will work - but we like it best with Three Cents Tonic Water), and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of orange and a few juniper berries.
Amazing!One of the best gins out there. Love the forest notes and subtle flavour of pine and birch trees. Highly recommend!