You probably have heard someone talk different types of gin. However, it is also very likely that you don´´´ t have the slightest idea of the distinctive characteristics of the different types of gin, because in the cocktail industry many of these differences have become blurred. At least when it comes to serving a drink to the customer sitting on the other side of the bar.
Therefore, in Brunni Collin’s we explain the theoretical subdivision behind the different types of gin. When you start experimenting new flavors and textures you will discover new horizons in your tastes.
Types of Gin
1. Traditional gin
Prepared exclusively with juniper berries and that uses agricultural ethyl alcohol for the construction of the macerate. The aroma is distinctive and the most common is that the flavor of the mist predominates with each sip. It can be flavoured with the second and third distillation cycles, but it is normal to try to maintain its sober character of the original style.
2. Distilled gin
The most interesting detail of distilled gin is that it is prepared with at least 96% alcohol brandy. It is a variation that is distilled many times and in the second distillation we proceed to add some flavors that change the flavor to a much more moderate plane.
3. Dry Gin
Very similar to distilled gin, but the difference that classifies them into two different categories is the fact that it doesn´ t mix any sweeteners or dyes in its distillation process. Without a doubt it is the driest and purest version of all mentioned. It is also where the flavor of juniper prevails and is usually called london dry gin as the recipe began to develop in the distilleries of this English city.
4. Dutch Genever
For many specialists it isn´ t a gin itself under the modern conception of this drink, although without a doubt it is its closest relative, because todays gin is a reinterpretation of this Dutch preparation. It is made from cereal alcohol and is also flavored with juniper. Another distinguishing feature is that the distillation of the Dutch genever does not attempt to neutralize the taste of it. On the contrary, the grain tone is intended to prevail, just as in whisky.
5. Sloe Gin
Basically, it is a reinvention of the classic gins with an aromatization of sloes that have gone through a long maceration process. Its historical origin is English, just as in the case of dry gin. The taste of the macerated endrin, which is between sweet and bitter, marks the taste of sloe gin. The sloes are removed from the mixture before it is filtered and therefore the visual purity that characterizes modern gins is preserved.
6. Old Tom
The name referring to its antiquity has to do with the fact that it was born just after the commercial success of the london dry gin. It was distinguished, still does, by being a gin that includes many ingredients in the distillation process and by being much sweeter than dry gin. In a way it is the closest ancestor to the spicy and aromatized gins that are marketed today, or at least it was the creation that set the tone for this path to be viable.
Are there other classifications for different types of gin?
To the theoretical classifications that we have exposed you have other categories that are much more used in the real context of todays cocktails. If you want to learn how to identify the type of gin in front of you, it is much more logical to be guided by the following criteria:
- Floral: those gins in which the aromatic protagonists of distillation have been the botanical elements such as roses or jasmine.
- Spices: those that include pepper, cinnamon or cardamom in its flavoring.
- Citrus: high in concentration of oranges, lemons and tangerines in the drinks aroma.
- Herbal: when aromatic herbs such as thyme, basil or rosemary are used as a distinctive factor in the aromatic infusion.
- Classics: smells like juniper, without the need to incorporate other olfactory elements.
At Bruni Collin’s we offer you a premium gin bottle that combines several of the best botanists like juniper and coriander seeds. Ask for it the next time you meet up at a bar with friends who are as adventurous as you are.