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Demijohn
Seville Orange Gin

Distillery

Retailed exclusively by Angus and Frances Ferguson of Demijohn Ltd., Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Website

Demijohn.

History

Family run business established in 2004 acting primarily as retailers for small scale UK based producers. They sell a range of liqueurs and other flavored liquids (including oils and vinegars) and refer to themselves as a Liquid Deli. Starting with the one shop in Edinburgh this has increased to include shops in Glasgow and York, not to mention a thriving mail order trade, which stretches across the globe.

They have the unusual but environmentally friendly process of selling their fluids in over 20 different sized and shaped bottles, which can be refilled at their shops, or returned by mail for refilling – saving a discount of 10%. Please note, due to small-scale production and limited seasonal supplies, products are not always available to meet demand! To assist in the process the business close down their retail outlets for several days throughout the year and everyone goes picking the natural produce from the wild e.g. elderflowers and sloeberries, to provide supplies for many of their producers.

Production

Phyliss and Colin Hingston make this on their Worcestershire farm in England, UK - using an updated version of an old family recipe dating from 1842. Sugar and an undisclosed London Dry Gin, have the peel (we think) of Seville Oranges added to steep. This is then left to mature for up to a year before being ready to sell.

Category

Flavored Gin - Orange.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

26% (52 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$$$. Not available in the USA. Only available exclusively from Demijohn, shipping is available but some restrictions to the USA apply and cost is dependent upon location.

Botanicals

Unknown but includes Seville Orange.

Name

It was while in Italy, seeing a Cantina refilling customers’ containers with wine, the idea to replicate this back in the UK came to mind for owner Angus Ferguson. A demijohn (or carboy) is a large container for carrying liquids (water, wine or liquor) and is usually 5 gallons in capacity (but can be anything up to 15 gallons). The name is based on this classic carrier and the key botanical flavor used.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is a strong orange aroma. On the palate a sweet but still bitter sharp citrus orange flavor dominates, almost like a tangy orange marmalade. There are hints of a juniper (gin) in the background. The close continues with the orange with a slightly drying finish.

This is very flavor some indeed, especially as the orange flavored Gins we are used to tasting are Gins with a hint of orange. However, this is orange with a hint of Gin and we shouldn’t be too surprised because it is technically a liqueur (but don’t be confused with comparing it with other orange liqueurs e.g. Cointreau). It is hard not to extol the virtues of this drink; taken neat it is a wonderful winter warmer; mixed with cool sparkling additions (e.g. soda water, tonic etc.) it makes for a refreshing summer time beverage. It also has its culinary uses: think orange duck or chicken, with fruit desserts etc. We like it in the straightforward usage of drizzling over chocolate ice cream! This Gin has our positive recommendation, we dare you to try it as it could prove addictive.

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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