Xibal Equinox Gin 70cl
Xibal Equinox Gin
Taking inspiration from Mayan mythology - and the magical spiring equinox - this is a gin coming from Guatamala.
Similar to the original Xibal gin, as part of its creation, botanical fundamentals which come from the Central American region were utilised. This was done to as to obtain a fusion between its Guatemalan roots, the pre-Columbian Mayan culture and mythology, and today's drinking trends.
The Guatemalan identity in particular is clear from the bottle. These show symbols and decorations relevant to one of the most important places in Mayan mythology: Xibalba (from which the name of the gin also comes). Xibalba is alegendary middle ground where the Mayan gods challenged the terrains.
The gin itself is created in a micro-distillery and is distilled five times in a traditional copper still. In the Equinox edition, they blend characteristic botanicals from the original, as well as products grown during the fertile season, such as grapefruit and guava.
The inspiration from the spring equinox (an astronomical phenomenon when the day and night are of equal length, and the sun reaches its highest point) is in mayan mythology a legendary moment. This time is when a new season is welcomed giving fertility to the earth and heralding the arrival of extraordinary moments.
Thanks to the clear bottle, the clear gin can be seen within - which has a soft coral colour to it. On the nose the juniper comes through at the fore, but is quickly followed by fruity guava, fresh cardamom, and citrus.
On the palate the piney juniper greets you, before waves of fruity guava, and citrus come through. These blend well, and leave the palate refreshed.
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This works particularly well in a gin & tonic. The carbonation helps lift the botanicals in the drink. In a copa glass filled with ice, add 50ml of the gin. Gently top up with 150ml of your chosen tonic (we found East Imperial Tonic worked particularly well here), and then stir gently. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.