The Ultimate Gin Library- Saffron Gin
Distillery: Boudier, Dijon, France
Gabriel Boudier is well known for their highly acclaimed product Crème de Cassis de Dijon. It is a known fact that France’s highest decoration – the Legion d’honneur was claimed by this product.
Boudier is no stranger to distilling being that their story began in 1874. The company is typically French and runs as a family owned business. It is noteworthy and unique that the gin label is printed using tin and not on paper as the norm.
It is the colour of the gin which separates it from the rest. Saffron, one of the most expensive spices found around the globe adds colour to this exquisite gin. Saffron has been used during the nineteenth century and had been used in recipes found in the Boudier archive. It is likely that the spice would have been of Indian origin and then brought into Europe for production.
Saffron is not much used in producing gin today and Diplome and Cadenhead’s Old Raj Gin may be the only other gins which uses saffron as an ingredient.
The botanicals commonly used are juniper, coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, oris root and fennel which are fairly conventional ingredients. The saffron comes into play after distillation which makes creates a heady note that works well in cocktails.
Saffron Gin although produced by a well-known producer, is something of a loner as it differentiates it from the rest due to its unusual colour. The saffron governs the rest of the flavours and creates a bold and beautiful imbalance.
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