Earlier on today, we introduced Port of Dragons 100% Pure Gin, a gin in the classic style, but with a slight contemporary twist. Port of Dragons also make a spirit for more unusual cocktails and when you fancy a more contemporary flavour: Port of Dragons 100% Floral Gin. It is packaged in the same ornate decanter-like bottle as the 100% Pure, but uses a pink colour scheme, which is reflected in the article below.
Port of Dragons 100% Floral takes the 12 botanicals of the 100% Pure gin with the addition of Rose and Poppy petals.
Nose: Floral, with a slight breadiness, cardamom, violets and pine.
Taste: Smooth and silky to start, then the warmth and flavour builds: juniper and citrus, before perfumed, floral notes, such as rose and violets, and pine needles. Finally, spicy cardamom and liquorice appear on the finish.
Gin & Tonic
This was a very floral G&T with good hints of violet, almost as if Creme de Violette had been added. There were some hints of rose, too. Still, it was very refreshing and worked well with Schweppes, but I think that Fevertree Mediterranean or 1724 may work even better.
A very perfumed Martini, heavy on the floral with some deeper herbal notes, citric coriander and sappy juniper towards the end. The finish has lots of sweet violet and rose. This is a very different spin on a classic Martini.
A cocktail of intense flavours: the heavy floral notes mixed well with sweet and bitter herbal notes. Complex, with a lot of flavours going on and a lasting bitter finish.
Fresh, floral and fruity. This was very refreshing and reminded me of a spring or summer garden. As well as being visually attractive, the flavours of the gin were really enhanced by the luscious fruits in the garnish and a good alternative to the usual slice of lemon or lime.
An unusually floral and perfumed Gimlet. Interestingly, the lime and the rose worked rather well together, creating a lime-rose marmalade flavour.
I comfortably sit in the camp that says that an Aviation isn’t an Aviation without Creme de Violette (although I make the odd allowance for Creme Yvette), so, given the floral character of the gin, this seemed to be an obvious cocktail to try it in.
I worried that it might be a bit too floral, but actually this drink has a really nice balance. Incredibly fresh, the Violette came through well; if you like a bit of Violette in your Aviation, then you’ll probably be rather keen on this version.
Lighter, more floral and softer than most Collinses, this makes for a more subtle cocktail. I thought it was very enjoyable, indeed. There were some hints of spice and vanilla, too, with more cardamom than the 100% Pure. Very refreshing and unusual, but very, very good.
It was a real pleasure to try these gins and, on my travels around the gin establishments of the UK, they have been well-received by many a connoisseur. There has also been quite a bit of excitement from bartenders as to how the flavours would work in cocktails.
As for me, it was great to see a Spanish gin producer stepping out on their own and trying to develop the Spanish style further.
I find it tough to choose between the Pure and the Floral. The folks that I’ve asked were pretty much split between the two, but I think that the stronger flavour of cardamom in the 100% Pure just about has it for me.
For more information on Port of Dragons – check out their website.
Thanks to Oscar and Joanna for their help with this article.