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Staff Pick

Xoriguer Gin de Mahon

Item # 31630 1L
$44.96/ Single Bottle
$269.76/ Case of 6
Country
Region
ABV
41.00%

Tasting Notes

One of the few regions on the world with a protected place of origin for gin is found on the tiny unassuming Mediterranean island on Menorca. Gin production began here centuries ago when this was a popular British outpost for the military. Since then, the local production of this one-of-a-kind gin has become a symbol of pride. Made through a direct fire copper pot distillation of local wine, botanical notes of juniper and lemon shine through the glossy surface. The majority of juniper is gathered wild from the neighboring mountains and is definitely the focus of the spirit. At turns oily, piney, and earthy, with notes of forest flowers, spring herbs, and hot sand, which elevate this to the extraordinary.


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Staff Pick Notes

It's time to abandon bland London (dry) for the island of Mallorca where the gin is so good it has its own appellation. Mahon gin is the cologne of gins, and the absolute best for G&Ts. It coats your palate in the cool sensation of tree resin and juniper which is what makes it so perfect with tonic. The flavors persist even when confronted with a bitter mixer and the result is distinct and oh-so-refreshing. For a real Spanish-style highball, try 2 or 3 parts gin to 1 or 2 parts tonic, served in a brandy snifter with lots of ice and citrus.

- TT

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