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Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin

Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin

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Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin: A Journey Through the Baltics in a Bottle 

Embark on a flavour odyssey to the heart of the Baltics with Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin, a handcrafted spirit that seamlessly blends tradition with a touch of modern flair. This gin peels back the layers to reveal a captivating interplay between the classic juniper base and the essence of the region's beloved blackcurrant.

In the Glass:

Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin boasts a light purple hue, a gentle blush that hints at the vibrant blackcurrant infusion to come. As you hold the glass to the light, admire the crystal-clear spirit, a testament to the meticulous distillation process.

Nose:

The first inhale is an invigorating awakening for the senses. Juniper, the quintessential gin botanical, establishes itself immediately, offering a crisp and earthy foundation. This is swiftly followed by a wave of fresh blackcurrant aromas, bursting with a sweet and slightly tart juiciness. Hints of fragrant chamomile and floral linden blossom peek through, adding a touch of elegance and complexity. Rosemary needles contribute a subtle herbal note, weaving itself into the tapestry of aromas without overpowering the delicate balance.

Palate:

The first sip is a revelation. The juniper asserts itself initially, delivering a familiar dryness that is quickly met by the burst of blackcurrant flavour. The blackcurrant isn't shy; it presents itself as a juicy sweetness, reminiscent of freshly picked berries, with a hint of underlying tartness. This isn't a one-note experience, though. The chamomile and linden blossom emerge on the mid-palate, offering a soothing floral character that tempers the sweetness of the blackcurrant. The rosemary, subtle on the nose, becomes more apparent here, adding a touch of peppery spice that lingers pleasantly on the tongue.

Body:

Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin boasts a medium body, neither too light nor too heavy. This allows all the botanicals to shine through without feeling overwhelming. The texture is smooth and slightly viscous, creating a luxurious mouthfeel that complements the complex flavours.

Finish:

The finish is surprisingly long and memorable. The juniper and blackcurrant flavours intertwine, leaving a lingering sweetness alongside the earthy dryness. The floral and herbal notes fade gracefully, leaving a hint of spice that lingers on the palate.

Serving Suggestions:

Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin's versatility shines through in a variety of cocktails. Here are a few suggestions to unlock its full potential:

  • The Classic G&T:  For a taste of pure elegance, reach for your favourite tonic water and a garnish of fresh blackcurrants.  The simplicity of this combination allows the gin's complexity to take centre stage.
  • The Blackcurrant Bramble:  This twist on the classic Bramble cocktail celebrates the blackcurrant while offering a touch of sophistication. Muddle a handful of fresh blackberries with a squeeze of lemon juice in a shaker.  Add Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin, a dash of crème de mure, and ice.  Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh blackberry.
  • The Baltic Kiss:  Transport yourself to the heart of the Baltics with this unique concoction.  Combine Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin with elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and a dash of Riga Black Balsam in a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • The Nordic Summer:  For a refreshing and vibrant summer cocktail, muddle a few slices of cucumber with a sprig of fresh mint in a shaker.  Add Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin, a squeeze of lime juice, and ice.  Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of cucumber.

Conclusion:

Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin is a remarkable spirit that offers a captivating exploration of flavour.  It stays true to the gin tradition while embracing the essence of the Baltics through the exquisite blackcurrant infusion.  Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a crafted cocktail, this gin promises a delightful journey for the senses.  So, raise a glass and embark on your own Baltic adventure with Cross Keys Blackcurrant Gin.

 

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