Hamburg is known as something of a gate to the world, thanks to its vast and restless international port. It has, however, been a long time since gin was something one had to rely on the freight deliveries for, because gin production in Germany has shifted gear. The port still has a role to play for 5 Continents Gin though, as botanicals from 5 continents meet in Hamburg before being put to use in a gin of the highest quality. Ships are leaving Hamburg having been loaded, rather than unloaded, with premium gin, and the worldwide acclaim that 5 Continents Gin has met with makes it hard to see an end in sight.
5 Continents Gin, which is available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, has been decorated with awards since its arrival on the scene at the end of 2014. The New York International Spirits Competition in 2014 and The San Francisco World Spirits Competition in April 2015 are among those to have emblazoned 5 Continents? lapels. The expert distillation of a total of 22 botanicals ? all of which are completely organic ? from 5 continents around the world has produced a truly exceptional premium gin at a border-breaching 47% proof.
Phileas Fogg?s Hipflask: 5 Continents Gin
The melting pot in which 5 Continents? 22 botanicals meet is rather a distillation still operated by Martina & Fabian Rohrwasser at Gut Basthorst just outside of Hamburg. All of the gin?s ingredients are distilled together, rather than being mixed later on, allowing the flavours and aromas sufficient time for acquaintance and development. The gin?s ingredients list is an impressive roster of global botanicals, including ginger and cardamom from Asia, guinea pepper from Africa, as well as Australian eucalyptus and a less well-travelled dose of European lavender, all of which combine to create in 5 Continents Gin a heady and unequalled mix of international flavours.
The gin?s aroma is initially stamped with velvety floral tones, though these soon make way for the juniper to assert itself, trailed by peppery notes. On the palate the gin?s botanicals? native 5 Continents announce themselves. Starting sweetly, the gin moves through juniper shades to the guinea pepper and ginger, which round the impression off with a light trace of spice. The journey through these flavours is palpably, passport-bruisingly real. 5 Continents Gin is a gin with delectable international infusions.
Global gin: 5 Continents Gin as a versatile base for diverse gin cocktails
5 Continents Gin is first of all a ?London Dry Gin? from Hamburg. But this intra-continental dullness fails to capture the character of a gin whose botanicals originate in no less than 5 continents around the globe. In order to do this exceptional CV justice, we suggest a more adventurous gin drink than just the classic G&T (though a drop of Thomas Henry Tonic Water, also available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, can obviously do no harm). Here?s one idea, fresh off the boat, to help 5 Continents shine:
Pomegranate & Mint (for 6)
- 150ml 5 Continents Gin
- 500ml pomegranate juice
- 1 bunch of mint leaves
- Ice cubes
- 6 tbsp sugar
Mix the pomegranate juice and the 5 Continents Gin and leave to the side for a moment. Add a teaspoon of sugar to each of your 6 glasses and a teaspoon of cold water. Drop the mint leaves in, mix around, and then fill them halfway with crushed ice, before adding the gin & juice and getting stuck in.