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Cross Keys Gin

Cross Keys Gin

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Cross Keys Gin: A Journey Through the Heart of the Baltics 

Embark on a flavour odyssey with Cross Keys Gin, a handcrafted Latvian spirit that captures the essence of the Nordic region. This small-batch gin, meticulously distilled in Riga, transcends the traditional juniper-forward profile, offering a unique and refreshing perspective on the classic spirit.

A Story Steeped in History

Cross Keys Gin draws inspiration from Riga's rich heritage. The two crossed keys on the label symbolise the city's long history as a centre of hospitality, a tradition faithfully reflected in this exceptional gin. The influence of Riga Black Balsam, a renowned Latvian herbal liqueur, adds another layer of intrigue, hinting at the complex botanical tapestry within.

The Allure of the Clay Bottle

Cross Keys Gin arrives in a distinctive, almost mythical, black clay bottle. This unique vessel is not merely aesthetic; it is believed to enhance the maturation process, subtly influencing the flavour profile. The clay imparts a subtle earthiness that complements the botanical symphony within.

Unveiling the Botanical Symphony

Cross Keys Gin features a carefully curated selection of just four botanicals: juniper, rosemary, chamomile, and linden blossoms. This seemingly simple quartet weaves a captivating tapestry of aromas and flavours. The juniper, the cornerstone of any gin, provides the essential gin character. However, it takes a backseat, allowing the other botanicals to shine.

Rosemary introduces a touch of herbal intrigue, with its piney and slightly peppery notes. Chamomile, often associated with calming herbal teas, brings a surprising element. Its delicate floral character adds a touch of sweetness and serenity to the profile. Finally, linden blossoms, revered for their fragrant tea, weave in a gentle honeyed note, further enriching the complexity.

A Tasting Adventure Awaits

The first sip of Cross Keys Gin is a revelation. The juniper asserts a subtle presence, guiding the way for the symphony of botanicals to unfold. Rosemary's piney character dances on the palate, interwoven with the calming sweetness of chamomile. As the flavours evolve, the honeyed touch of linden blossoms emerges, creating a harmonious balance. The finish is clean and refreshing, with a lingering hint of juniper and the subtle earthiness imparted by the clay bottle.

Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: Delicate juniper notes intertwined with hints of rosemary, chamomile, and a touch of honey.
  • Palate: Juniper takes the lead, followed by a burst of rosemary. Chamomile offers a calming sweetness, balanced by the honeyed character of linden blossoms.
  • Finish: Clean and refreshing, with lingering juniper and a touch of earthiness.

Serving Suggestions

Cross Keys Gin's versatility allows it to be enjoyed in various ways. Here are a few suggestions to unlock its full potential:

  • Classic Gin & Tonic: For a refreshing and uncomplicated serve, combine 50ml Cross Keys Gin with 150ml of high-quality tonic water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or a twist of grapefruit for an extra touch of intrigue.
  • The Baltic Kiss: Celebrate the spirit's Latvian heritage with this unique cocktail. Mix 50ml Cross Keys Gin with 25ml fresh lime juice, 25ml cranberry juice, and 10ml honey syrup. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of rosemary.
  • The Bee's Knees: Embrace the honeyed notes of Cross Keys Gin with this classic cocktail. Combine 50ml Cross Keys Gin with 25ml fresh lemon juice and 25ml honey syrup. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Neat or on the Rocks: For the true gin aficionado, Cross Keys Gin can be savoured neat or on the rocks. This allows the full spectrum of flavours to come to the forefront, offering a deeper appreciation of the botanical symphony.

The Cross Keys Gin Experience

Cross Keys Gin transcends the boundaries of a traditional gin. It is a journey through the heart of the Baltics, a testament to Latvia's rich heritage and innovative spirit. With its unique botanical blend, presented in a captivating clay bottle, Cross Keys Gin offers a truly distinctive and delightful drinking experience. So, raise a glass and embark on your own flavour odyssey with this exceptional Latvian gin.

Additional Information:

  • Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 41%
  • Size: 70cl
  • Available at The General Wine Co. [link to your Cross Keys Gin product page on]

In Conclusion

Cross Keys Gin is a must-try for any gin enthusiast seeking a unique and flavourful adventure. Its versatility makes it perfect for classic cocktails, innovative creations, or simply savouring neat. With its rich heritage and captivating taste profile, Cross Keys Gin


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