Edinburgh based gin distillers, Pickering’s have created a gin that has been specifically developed to be enjoyed at altitude.
The combination of dryness and low pressure reduces the sensitivity of a flier’s taste buds to sweet and salty foods by around 30%, according to a 2010 study conducted by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics. At about 30 000 feet humidity is less than 12%.
Pickering’s Gin has created a product to mark the hundredth birthday of British Airways – which it claims tastes just as good while in the air.
Flavour scientist professor Charles Spence from Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory said: “At 30 000 feet, low air pressure and lack of humidity supress our taste receptors and alter our sense of smell.
Our reception of sweet and salt are somewhat muted whereas our ability to identify spices and bitter flavours are seemingly left unchanged.”
The new tipple, Pickering’s Britsh Ariways Centenary Gin, distilled at Edinburgh’s Summerhall Distillery, is infused with lemon myrtle to impart natural sweetness alongside the bold citrus flavour to the gin, which is meant to provide better flavour while flying.
The herb adds a fresh taste without the bitter edge, balancing with the sweet floral notes of heather and rose to deliver an enhanced sweetness and depth of flavour that is missing in many commercial gins when consumed at altitude.
The Pickering’s Gin can be enjoyed during short haul flights starting May 1st through the High Life shop as part of a trio pack.
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