In the Middel Ages sweet gale was the main component of "gruut", a blend of herbs which were used in the production of beer before hop made its entry. The fruits of the sweet gale are handpicked by rangers and they deliver it at the distillery. There we have a pure source of water and so only very soft water is used.
All this results in a fine, complex gin with mediterranean hints of laurel, anise and pepper but also fruit and honey. the aftertaste is soft and long with a touch of liquorice. The Royal Edition really cuts through and is meanwhile very soft.
Enjoy it neat or with a neutral high quality tonic. Use a lot of ice and finish with some rosemary.
GHOST IN A BOTTLE GINETICAL - The Wooded Edition is a barrel aged gin. We used the same botanicals as in The Royal Edition, so sweet gale (myrica gale) plays the main role in the wooded edition as well. The alcohol percentage was pulled up to 43% vol.
The color is warm amber. In the nose you'll discover lots of oaky flavours, then a heat starts to build before this is soothed away with rich caramel. It's really dry and lets the spices start to build with cloves and aniseed coming to the fore before the pepperiness takes over. With every sip going down there is more of the woody whiskey-like aftertaste and just adds to the rich complex layers that come and between each one is a mild faded juniper.
You can drink this complex gin neat, but also try it with a neutral dry tonic. The spices and the oaky touch will bubble underneath whilst the rich dryness is still there.
PRICE WINNER: World's Best Matured Gin 2018 at the world spirits awards.