Cocktails with… The Duke – Munich Dry Gin

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I’m always interested in gins from around the world and The Duke was one that I’ve known about for a while, not least because of its use of hops in its botanical mix.
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The duke is question is the Duke of Bavaria, who was instrumental in the founding of Munich in 1158. Fittingly, the Duke Munich Dry Gin is distilled in the city itself. It is also bottled at 45%ABV and contains 13 botanicals, which include:

Juniper
Coriander
Angelica Root
Lemon Peel
Lavender
Ginger Root
Orange Blossom
Hops
Malt
Cinnamon Bark
Cubeb Berries
Caraway

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 One Secret Ingredient

Own:
Nose: Fragrant and complex, with notes of cardamom, coriander, pine and berries, this reminded me of a wooded glade filled with fruit trees and bushes.
Taste: Floral and herbal, with a touch of bitterness. There was also some cardamom  pine, wood bark, heavy coriander, violet, chocolate and a hint of coffee.
Overall, this is a very rich and complex gin, and I think it is rather good.

Gin & Tonic
This G&T had a floral nose, the notes of which followed through on in the taste, alongside some herbal savoury notes; as such, it reminded me of the Russian Veresk gin. There was also a good, strong cardamon finish. Lovely stuff!.

Martini
Frankly… superb. So herbal, with strong, green, sappy juniper, rosemary, vanilla, forest, menthol, and hints of anise, lavender and coriander, with a touch of sweetness at the end.
This was a truly exceptional, superb and flavourful Martini.

Negroni
Very pleasant; quite sweet, but with a good dose of fresh, herbal notes along with a bitter finish. A great way to enjoy the gin.

In Conclusion

I think it’s obvious that I’m quite a big fan of this gin. In addition to having a complex and balanced flavour, it also has its own unique character that makes it stand out in a sea of gins.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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