Geranium London Dry Gin. A quest for the perfect gin, the ultimate goal of Henrik Hammer and his father. A pure Danish gin which combines a dry flavour with an intense aroma was born. Hammer & son called their child: ‘Geranium Gin‘. Geranium Gin is pure London Dry style gin that already won the gold medal at last year’s WSWA Spirits Tasting Competition.
In the early days, the range of different gins was a lot more limited. That gave Henrik an idea. He started to think of other ways to create a gin that had a broader base than merely juniper. Geranium provided the solution. Together with his father’s chemical background, they analysed geranium leaves and extracted the essential oils from them. They found out that the core of geranium extract are also present in citrus fruits and juniper berries. Clear evidence (or at least theoretically) that geranium and juniper are a very good mix. All of the botanicals are macerated for 48 hours in a neutral grain distillate. Afterwards, a mixture of all these macerations were again distilled in a copper pot still that carries the name ‘Constance’. Geranium gin truly is a product driven by teamwork, passion and enthusiasm of father and son. Knowing that Henrik’s father passed away before the very first bottle of Geranium Gin was ever made, makes it quite a sad story… As a reminder of their combined effort, the label ‘Hammer & Son’ is printed on every bottle.
Geranium London Dry Gin Tasting Notes
This is clear from the beginning: it’s got a very floral aroma. Perhaps it’s not that easy to distinguish the scent of geranium with that of rose petals, but at least one thing is certain: it smells fantastic! After the ‘floral punch’, tradition comes up. You’ll notice that juniper blends very well with the essential oils from the Danish geranium plant. Surprisingly, geranium gin tends more to a classic London dry gin when tasted: juniper and subtle citrus notes. It’s quite dry, but the combination with floral notes is not lost. The words ‘fresh’ and ‘soft’ immediately comes to mind and grasp this gin nicely. Well balanced and complex is the final conclusion, with a long and lovely finish.
Geranium 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 some juniper berries together with a couple of dried hibiscus leaves.
Pour 5 cL of Geranium London Dry Gin inside your glass.
Add about 100 – 125 ml of Thomas Henry Tonic Water.
Serve with pride!
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