A gin which uses Douglas Fir pine needles as a key botanical has won a top prize at a global spirit tasting awards.
Douglas Fir Distilled Gin is made by Gloucestershire-based distillers Twisting Spirits and was awarded a prestigious three stars top prize award.
The gin was among just 208 out of 12,772 entries to score this highly following a blind taste test by the judging panel of the Great Taste Awards 2019.
It’s even more remarkable when you consider the husband and wife team behind the gin only launched their business from their garage in South Stoke in the summer of 2017.
The couple both quit IT jobs in 2017 to start making gin and now the hard work of personally harvesting and chopping pine needles from a nearby estate has led to worldwide recognition.
The Twisting Spirits micro-distillery have paired zesty citrus and earthy juniper with the fantastically fragrant notes of the popular Christmas tree variety Douglas fir to create this award-winning gin.
One half of the distilling couple Mary Bateman said, “We must have tried about 50 different botanicals before finding something we were happy with. It was very well-received from the start, which was very pleasing and also a bit of a relief.
The recommended serve is with a natural tonic and a slice of red grapefruit as garnish. Or choose a grapefruit flavoured tonic to really highlight the notes of this complex gin.
Douglas Fir Distilled Gin is available to buy from Master of Malt for £38.95.
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