Launched at the Aberdeen Gin Fest in July 2018, the House of Botanicals Maple Gin was originally discovered in old newspaper archives whilst bartending back in 2010, with our variant created during the Research & Development stage of our Old Tom Gin introducing a floral and spicy edge to accompany the dominant juniper flavour. It has initially been released as a limited edition batch of 1000 bottles and continues our exploration of flavours from around the globe.
Though new to the present marketplace and with our recipe adapted to suit modern tastes, the history of Maple Gin goes back over 100 years, originally being manufactured by the Buffalo Distilling Company of New York between 1893 and 1918, before the distillery succumbed to the influence of the Temperance Movement and the devastation of Prohibition, taking with it this unique style of gin. The Buffalo Distillery recently reopened in March of 2017, now producing bourbon, apple brandy and vodka.
For our House of Botanicals Maple Gin we use the same base as with our Old Tom Gin. This is distilled in London with juniper berries, angelica root, orris root, coriander seed, cassia bark, almond, orange peel and lemon peel, before being shipped to the House of Botanicals in Aberdeen where we add saffron, chamomile flowers and spicy ginger root post distillation, before flavouring further and lightly sweetening with maple syrup. The Maple Gin is bottled at 47% abv.
The Coat of Arms branding found on our Old Tom Gin is still present, with the Panther and Dragon still in place to symbolise the Aberdeen and London Coat of Arms, though we have adapted the design to incorporate the Canadian Flag, a Maple Leaf, and the colour red which is synonymous with our hometown.
Nose: Straw yellow. Juniper and bright citrus flavours dominate with an underlying note of warm spice
Taste: Buttery mouthfeel, with bright fresh notes of juniper and pine predominant. This is balanced with warm orange citrus, vanilla, chamomile and subtle hints of maple and fudge throughout
Finish: Long, clean and invigorating with a hint of butterscotch
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Build all ingredients over cubed ice and lightly stir, garnish with a slice of fresh peach and fresh lemon zest
Created by Adam Elan-Elmegirab in 2018