Gin Sea is the creation of the famous Spanish sommelier Manuel Barrientos. Manuel got his inspiration from Galicia where he, together with more than 100 professionals, perfected the complex creation process of his gin. Manuel baptised his gin with the name “Gin Sea” and today it’s being distilled at Manuel Hacha. This is one of the oldest distilleries in the Basque country and in Europe. The distillation takes place in an old Hervé & Moulin (Bordeaux) pot still, which is active since 1890 (as mentioned on the label of the gin).
Gin Sea Tasting Notes
This one has a lot of freshness to it. Mint is quite pronounced in the aroma, but not overwhelming. Overall the aroma remains quite soft due to the combination of sweeter elements in this gin: orange zest and licorice. Some even say it has a maritime character. The sweet aroma of the orange peel is also found in the flavour of this gin. However, cardamom and chamomile are a bit more pronounced. It feels really smooth on the tongue, definitely not what I expected from the freshness of the aroma. Gin Sea finishes off with some herbal notes in which thyme is clearly present. A fine product!
In a 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 pieces of lemon zest.
Pour 5 cL of Gin Sea inside your glass.
Add about 100 – 125 ml of Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water.