Today we will look at and taste the batch #00018 gin by the Radius Distillery from Denmark. This gin is part of the Gin & Notes notebook Vol. 2 and a wonderful addition to a gin collection.
The Radius distillery is a small distillery located near Copenhagen, Denmark's capital. Until recently the bottles were labeled with Dymo labels and that was what caught my attention. As I have mentioned this in other places before, I initially thought that these bottles were beta test bottles sent out to some lucky testers. But when I took a moment and researched what Radius was all about I got it: Coming from a R&D / pharmaceutical background the plan to discover different tastes and try new things in the distillery, not just repeating the same thing over and over again, sounded super exciting.
The willingness to discover new products and distill many different botanicals to create unique taste experiences is part of the Radius DNA and shows when other projects beside the gin production are expedited.
The batch 18 is a seasonal product with Holsteiner Cox apples which obviously cannot be harvested all year around if you want to stick to local products to some extent.
The new labels on the Radius products are so simple and yet beautiful, combining clean design and essential information, like the list of the used botanicals:
- Holsteiner Cox apples
- Lemon peel
The moment you smell the gin you get a crisp apple scent. Paired with the juniper it gets even nicer. 43% ABV are not weak but there is no sharp sensation from the gin or alcohol at all. Lovely. A hint of rose could be spotted as well.
Tasting the gin neat is a smooth experience. It starts with a mix from both the juniper slowly building up, and the apples being present right from the get-go. Other botanicals are Lemon peel, rosebud, and fennel. Some people shy away from a gin when fennel comes into the mix, but there is no overwhelming taste from it in this gin, it is just a subtle additional flavour, hidden in the back of the taste profile.
Let's talk about the aftertaste: A nice spice building up from the juniper and super slowly fading away over a long period of time. The gin has a consistent sweetness to it – not strong, more in a warm and fruity way.
The best mix and match for this gin and tonics will be here soon.
Summary and GinGinGin rating
Some gins use apples as a botanical just like Radius does in batch #00018. But not all gins do carve out a profile like they do in this product. If you like apple based spirits, this one is a must try. The essence of the fruit is captured in a nice combination with the juniper and some additional twist. A crisp and vibrant spirit that is very much enjoyable even tasted neat.
The GinGinGin rating is a 5/6.
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