If you know your gin, you should have heard of Daffy’s gin – I actually reviewed it at the end of 2017. Before I had a chance to try their gin, they actually released a limited edition gin (thanks to Gin Foundry’s HQ clear out I got myself a bottle) in partnership with Formula 1’s Manor Racing. Their already striking label gets a jazzy upgrade with a winner’s wreath and trophy, and so does their recipe. They didn’t want to start from scratch, so taking inspiration from their original eight botanicals, this edition features including Lebanese mint and fresh Spanish limes – the goal was to create something fresh and exciting. They produced just 2,500 bottles of this release, and sadly the team it was produced for has since gone into administration. So basically, I’m trying a gin that you can’t buy, that’s four years old, and made for a team that don’t exist. Don’t say I don’t keep on top of all the news in the gin world. So, even though you probably can’t try it, I can.
Daffy’s gin came about after four years of experimenting. The result: a base of pure wheat grain from northern France which is then distilled in a single batch copper pot with unique botanicals such as Lebanese mint and a rare variety of lemons. They decided to bottle the gin at 43.4% – higher than the average 37.5% gin. They believe that this is the perfect level, any higher and the alcohol overtakes the botanicals, any weaker and the complexity of the gin is diluted. It sounds like a complex gin, they say it has notes of citrus, mint, toffee, caramel and chocolate. I’m concerned this might be a bit too much for my liking. They also have a very specific way they recommend serving their D&T (Daffy’s and Tonic) – it involves a lot of lime and ice (see it here). Before I give it a go, I’d like to thank Orla for giving me a sample from her bottle – make sure you check out her ridiculous dachshund puppies here. Continue reading