The Turicum Dry Gin from Switzerland, Zurich to be precise, was sent to GinGinGin for a review. And having spent a bit over three months in Zurich in what feels decades ago I like the bottle's design as it somehow resembles what I find to pair with Zurich. Back in 2013 Philip Angst, Merlin Kofler, Oscar Martin, and Oliver Honegger, inspired by visiting English gin distilleries, got together to start the adventure to bring a spirit to the market catering to the local taste and representing Zurich at the same time. After around two years the product vision became a reality which we will taste today.
Some of the botanicals are from Zurich, some even from their own garden. That is "local" taken to heart and not just a label. The almost complete list:
- linden blossoms
- blue juniper
- coriander seeds
- handpicked pine tips from Zurich
- angelica root
- Voatsiperifery pepper from Madagascar
- orange blossoms
- fresh lemon zest
- fresh orange zest
- a secret ingredient
The nose is amazing: A fresh, but yet full body comes from the tasting glass. Some juniper, but fruitful at the same time. it reminds me of pear to some extent as well. A hint of alpine herbs not as strong as in the Kapriol Dry Gin. Cardamom is at the ready as well.
What was hinted at when smelling the gin is fullfilled when sipping it neat. Again the coriander and juniper are there but they are accompanied by the freshness and some sweetness. A hint of bitterness finishes of the taste sensation and fades into a slightly spicy sensation.
After having tasted this gin and travelled through the taste queue a light aftertaste is left with some juniper and cardamom, but in general the aftertaste is rather short, maybe medium in length. Not too sweet, more on the light than on the earthy side.
Interestingly enough the orange zests come out a bit more on ice. The spice is entirely taken off the profile until the aftertaste kicks in. There is that hint of bitterness as well, a bit more present than tasted neat. Not a bad bitterness, it just makes the tasting more interesting.
We will get into this trial and error experience soon as well. The post will be updated and you'll be able to find out about it here or anywhere else where GinGinGin can be tuned into :)
Summary and GinGinGin rating
The Turicum Dry Gin gets my thumbs up. A gin that bring an interesting profile and is a bit different from the typical classic gin. The full body and short aftertaste sensation were a surprise and probably a longer aftertaste might overload this gin as a matter of fact. If you are looking for another variety on your gin shelf this one might be a great addition.
The GinGinGin rating is a 4.5/6.
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