Cocktails with… 1211 Gin (from Spain!)

The sister of COOL Gin, Gin 1211 is more classic in style and was create by the same folks. The recipe of the gin they decided on was the 12th they tried and it contains 11 botanicals. Hence 1211.

#1) On its own
Nose: More classic than COOL Gin, with plenty of juniper and pine, some vanilla and citrus and some spicy notes towards the end Finishes with hints of anise or cardamom.
Taste: Very smooth initially, with a gradually building warmth of flavour. It is quite bold, but relatively smooth overall and, I think, rather good: lemon citrus, with a touch of vanilla. The finish is medium in length and tastes predominantly of pine and coriander.

#2) Gin & Tonic
This has a slight sweetness and vanilla on the nose. Taste wise, it is pretty classic, but with a slight, sweet, creamy vanilla lift. Fresh, with a good amount of juniper and citrus, this is very pleasant: refreshing and cooling, and not too heavy.

#3) Martini
Very crisp, but also rather intense; this easily tastes stronger than 42.5%ABV. There’s some citrus, a little spice, and some spicy coriander.

#4) Negroni
Far more classic in style, this is quite crisp, with some distinctive citrus sourness. Clean and juicy, this makes a refreshing drink that is very enjoyable.

#5) Sweet Martini
Very crisp with plenty of lemon citrus and some herbal notes. Rather rousing to the appetite and good before a meal. Lovely and extra flavoursome.

#6) Gin Buck
Very good and very juicy, the gin comes through and the ginger ale adds a nice twist of spice. A great way to enjoy this classic gin in a long drink.

#7) Basil Smash
Really really good, this gin work superbly with the basil not too overpowering but still adding a lot of flavour. Very crisp, invigorating and well recommended.

#8) Gin Collins
A classic collins, zesty with pine and citrus from the gin. Excellent to quench your thirst and if you are looking for a good example of gin collins, this is worth a try.

In Conclusion
If you are looking for a flavourful, balanced and traditional style gin that can rival some of the best that UK produces then 1211 is worth looking trying. My favourite drink was the Basil Smash.

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About DTS

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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