If we were to hazard a guess at the top three gin-consuming countries from around the globe, we?re not sure we?d get that close to the truth. Britain would feature, but that?d be a misled assumption. Perhaps Germany would be there too ? also false. We like to think we?d have known that the US consumed more gin than any other country ? but we?d already seen the results by the time we started writing this, so we can?t really score any points there either. What?s certainly true is that we wouldn?t have got the other two ? the Philippines and Spain. OK, we talk and hear a lot about gin, and of course we know that gin is tearing up the scene in Spain, but top 3? Well, it?s true. And surfing on the back of this gin wave (an enviable position) are indigenous Spanish brands like BCN, Gin Mare, and Wint & Lila ? all of which are available to purchase in the online shop at Urban Drinks.
About Wint & Lila Gin
Wint & Lila Gin takes its name from the founders of the Compañía de Indias, established in Cádiz in Spain in 1646, one of the first companies in the world dedicated to overseas trade (?trade?) with the Americas and the East. The spirit of the adventurous pair is captured on the gin?s packaging, a ceramic jar reminiscent of a chemist?s toolkit, emblazoned with illustrations of ships and labelled in wonderful vintage script. Wint & Lila?s legacy remains in Cádiz, where the gin they lent their names to is now made. The distillery there has been in operation for over 200 years.
Wint & Lila Gin itself is a classic London Dry Gin with an arsenal of unique Andalusian edges. It?s produced by Casalbor, a large industry player also that also oversees the production of Bayswater Gin, the Indi & Co soft drinks line (also available to purchase in the online shop at Urban Drinks), and a healthy handful of wines. Wint & Lila Gin is made of ten botanicals: juniper berries, cilantro, angelica, angelica root, cinnamon, orange, lemon and lime peel, mint, and orange blossom. The finished gin is the result of a quintuple distillation process, performed slowly and according to unique methods in order to gently extract the flavourful infusions from the gin?s botanicals.
Drinking Wint & Lila Gin
Wint & Lila Gin?s character is remarkably clear and strikingly fresh. It balances a deep anchoring juniper note with much the fresher tones of mint and orange blossom. Not a gin that you should avoid sipping pure ? it?s a pure treat. If you?re looking for a mix drink to highlight the Mediterranean flair of this gin, why not keep it real with a gin & juice?
- 30ml Wint & Lila Gin
- 25ml fresh orange juice
- 25ml fresh pineapple juice
Shake over ice and serve with a couple more ice cubes in a lowball glass.