A new Portuguese gin produced in Alentejo by António Cuco gets his name because of the village MONSARAZ. “Sharish” means xara or jara, wich means Cistus ladanifer, used during the Muslim occupation. So Mont Sharish means hill raised in an impenetrable amount of cistus, giving origin to the name Monsaraz.
Distilled in a traditional Portuguese copper still it uses a combination of 9 botanicals carefully selected: Juniper, Cinnamon, Coriander seeds, Clove, Vanilla, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Bravo Apple Esmolfe PDO and Lúcia-lima. With the particularity that the last four botanicals are used fresh.
Due to the different characteristics and points of evaporation, the botanicals slowly distillate separately, allowing a greater quality in the final distilled. During the process the heads and tails of the distillation are rejected, using only the heart of it.
Sharish Gin Tasting Notes
Sharish Gin is a smooth gin with a unique aroma. Very citric, especially from the orange zest, and a sweet flavour from apples and vanilla. The juniper it’s also easy to identify considering the softer notes of cloves and coriander seeds. At the finish we can taste a little spike coming from the Lúcia-lima.
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