Fragrant Harbour Gin(Not available in Hong Kong)
Fragrant Harbour is a complex gin that can be sipped over ice but feels equally at home in a gin & tonic or a cocktail.
PURE – served straight up, chilled
Botanicals such as Sichuan peppercorns, pu-erh tea and aged dried tangerine peel impart tannins to the gin and, like a fine wine, a little contact with air adds complexity and weight.
Nose: Delicate notes of ripe citrus, fragrant jasmine and hints of mace entwine with juniper to give a rich spiciness. Piquancy from the Sichuan pepper adds extra textural complexity.
Palate: An initial spike of cracked pepper from the Sichuan and waxy citrus from the kumquat peel combine to give lovely weight and richness. The mid-palate shows a citric ripeness from the intermingling of three types of citruses – lemon, kumquat and aged tangerine peel; and leads to an impressively long finish where hints of jasmine flower, pu-erh tea and tangerine peel are beautifully interlaced.
With tonic, ice & lemon
Served with tonic, a little ice (1 part gin and three parts tonic) and a garnish of lemon.
Nose: The gin takes on a unique character when mixed with tonic. It starts with a distinct dryness, then delicate spiciness starts to shine through, in particular, fresh ginger notes mixed with freshly cracked pepper.
Palate: A wonderfully refreshing blend of rich yet tart yuzu, gentle ticklings of jasmine and a waxiness which must be from the aged peel. This leads into a husky, peppery mid-palate which gives a gentle coating of tannic grip. The more fragrant botanicals unfurl themselves as the finish progresses with a perfumed intricacy providing a truly Oriental taste experience.