Mermaid Gin 70cl
A delicate hint of sea air joins warm spice and refreshing citrus in this gin.
Presented in a stunning "fish-scale" like bottle with a cork stopper, this gin has been hand-crafted on the Isle of Wight (a small island off the south coast of the UK) since 2014. The Isle of Wight Distillery use ten ethically sourced botanicals in the creation of Mermaid Gin.
This signature gin was named after the lead botanical (rock samphire), which is known locally in the Isle of Wight as "Mermaid's kiss". This succulent is aromatic, and clings to the cliffs surrounding the island, and they mark the high tide line on the beautiful beaches it's known for. Like the kiss of the mythical mermaid (which saved sailors lost at sea), the rock samphire was a signal that shipwrecked sailors (and smugglers through history!) were safe from the raging seas. The samphire gives fresh citrus notes, as well as a delicate hint of fresh sea air.
Other botanicals in this gin include elderflower for its aroma, grains of paradise for a smooth delicate pepper taste, organic lemon zest for vibrant citrus notes, boadicea hops which give a spicy earthiness, coriander which adds a delicate herbal citrus tone, angelica root which assists in blending the other botanicals into a coherent taste and aroma, liquorice root to help define the mouthfeel and add a touch of smoothness, orris root which aids in holding the aroma of the gin, and lastly (but no means least), juniper which is core in all gins.
It delivers a smooth yet complex blend of fresh organic lemon zest and peppery grains of paradise, with a hint of sea air from the locally foraged, fragrant rock samphire.
A refreshing and invigorating serve, for the free-spirited.
This gin stands up well on its own, with its unique blend of botanicals, so we would suggest a neutral tonic such as Three Cents Tonic Water. However, if you would like to enhance the flavour profile, and bring our the sea a little more, try with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic. With both, serve in a large glass with lots of ice, and garnish with a slice of lemon.