Few drinks have enjoyed such a surge in demand as we have seen of late with gin. Once famously depicted as the scourge of 18th-century London, the modern gin craze has taken a rather more sophisticated route to popularity…especially on Mallorca, which now produces some wonderful examples of the spirit.
History: Another husband-and-wife project, the Mallorca Distillery is the brainchild of Byron and Amber, both from Newcastle, England. Together with master distiller James Gibbons, they spent more than half a year perfecting Palma Gin which was only officially released in September.
Production: Only local, natural and organic ingredients are used, ranging from coriander and cardamom to liquorice and cassia bark. Locally foraged botanicals also include wild lavender, almond flowers, and juniper berries.
Verdict: Despite being the strongest gin (at 46.6% alcohol) the flavour is astonishingly smooth. Initial light floral and citrus notes make way for subtle hints of root, pine and juniper. An outstanding debut.
Palma-based Mallorca Distillery produces premium sprits using only local, organic and foraged ingredients to produce an authentic taste of the island. […] Mallorca Distillery
History: David Fajardo single-handedly founded the Pareis distillery in 2016, with the dream of releasing an artisanal gin. But it wasn’t until May of 2018 that everything had fallen into place and his small Llubí-based distillery had produced its first batch.
Production: The only that describes itself as a ‘London Dry Gin’ on our list, meaning that all flavours or botanicals are added before final distillation. The entire manufacturing process is done by hand, including the bottling; each bottle features a unique label and stopper made from real wood.
Verdict: One of our favourites. On a classic foundation of juniper and coriander, sweet and spicy elements give it a real mellow warmth. Cinnamon features making it a great choice for festive cocktails. Tip: Orange, rather than lemon, is best to tease out the flavours.
History: The company behind Cabraboc, Spirit of the Island, was founded in 2012 by Miguel Capó, his wife Janine and Janine’s father, Jürgen. After several decades of experience in packaging and corporate design, the three decided to apply their knowledge to creating their own brand of spirits.
Production: This their ‘classic’ gin is made with wine distillates, herbal extracts and a juniper maceration. Various Mediterranean botanicals such as fennel, lemon verbena, thyme, mint, lem-on peel and orange peel are separately distilled and blended perfectly.
Verdict: The use of wine alcohol gives it a greater softness and texture, providing a firm canvas for the wonderful Mediterranean flavours. Notes of fennel dominate with a distinctive aniseed aftertaste. Definitely one for liquorice fans.
History: One of the most recognisable gins on the island, Gin Eva released its first batch in 2012. The husband and wife team behind the gin, Stefan and Eva, moved to Mallorca together and soon also married and adapted their winemaking skills to make this small-batch gin.
Production: Eva Gin is made entirely by hand in their Llucmajor distillery. The ingredients – which feature juniper berries handpicked from the dunes at Mallorca’s Es Trenc beach – are steeped for a full 48 hours before distillation and it then spends 16 weeks ageing.
Verdict: An initially light and zesty flavour moves into more bold and punchy gin that expertly combines its many ingredients – nutmeg, rosemary, ginger, and hibiscus – to name but a few.
Can Gourmet Fig Gin
History: This year sees just the second batch of this colourful gin, produced by the owners of the Can Gourmet store, which opened in the historic heart of Palma in 2012.
Production: This super-small batch production makes only 250 bottles, using the same distillery as the island’s popular Gin Eva. Only fresh figs and lemons grown on the island are used to flavour the spirit.
Verdict: The unmistakeable flavour of figs bring a deliciously sweet and mouthwatering character to this artisanal gin, with citrus pleasantly cutting through the juniper notes. Perfect for your Christmas G&Ts.