Barentsz Gin are releasing their first expression later this year, a mandarin and jasmine gin.
Following on from the success of the original Barentsz Gin, launched in 2016, the new variant is infused with natural mandarin peel and exotic jasmine flowers for a “distinctively smooth and fresh taste”.
The trend for orange gin is currently massive so this mandarin offering should arrive at the right time later this year.
Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine is distilled in small batches in London, using a base spirit and a “unique marriage” of golden rye and winter wheat.
The creamy texture of the rye is said to provide a longer, rounded finish, while wheat “adds complexity and brings out sweeter notes which complement the fresh taste of natural mandarin peel and signature exotic jasmine flowers”.
The remaining botanicals are more typical, featuring juniper, coriander seeds, almonds, liquorice, angelica root, orange peel, cassia bark and orris root.
Founder Michael Claessens has Dutch family roots and named the brand in honour of Dutch Arctic explorer, Willem Barentsz.
Barentsz’s quest for a Northeastern trading route to China influenced the choice of jasmine and mandarin botanicals in this new expression.
Michael Claessens said of the new release: “Barentsz Gin is proud to present our second pioneering spirit; a distinctively smooth, fragrant and fresh gin.
“My family are Dutch. So is gin, which originated in Holland and was adopted and developed by the English. Barentsz Gin is inspired by the Dutch and is perfected and distilled in London.”
Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin will be released in time for Christmas 2019.