The Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is a German Gin infused with Riesling grapes and distilled in limited numbers. In this way, the producers are sure to be able to create a high-quality gin. Ánd it promises supreme drinking pleasure. Just by looking at the luxurious paper packaging makes you wonder about the bottle’s content.
The gin owes its name to the Royal Prussian District Forester Ferdinand Geltz. He ensured that the family Zilliken could exercise viticulture for over 250 years in the Saarburger Rausch district. Dorothee is now the 11th generation of the family making wine. Along with master distiller Andreas Vallendar, she is responsible for this unique gin. Andreas wants to guarantee the complexity and the specific character of this gin by distilling it in small batches. Moreover, he only uses local, homegrown ingredients. Next to the Riesling infusion, another thirty hand-picked botanicals are put into the pot still. All of them grown on the Zilliken estate.
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin Tasting Notes
On the nose, one can detect floral aromas together with a few notes of lemon. Juniper appears more on the background, but remains constantly present. The Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin has that typical wine-like flavour. In a second sip, the lavender is peeping around the corner. Although the Riesling grape tastes great in combination with floral and occasional spicy notes (thyme), the gin still remains quite dry. The finish is long and fruity. Overall, a fantastic gin that most definitely needs a place in your gin collection. You won’t regret it. It’s really, really great. 🙂
In a Gin & Tonic
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin & Tonic
Fill up a large balloon glass with ice. Stir the ice inside with a bar spoon and remove any excess water with a cocktail strainer.
Add a sprig of thyme together with two grapes sliced in two.
Pour 5 cL of Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin inside your glass.
Add about 100 – 125 ml of Thomas Henry Tonic Water.