Cocktails with… Ophir Gin

Many readers will be familiar with Joanne Moore and the excellent work that she has done in creating the floral Bloom Gin and the herbal Berkeley Square. The latest installment in her gin range is spice-led, with Ophir Gin. This gin, like the others, is bottled at 40% ABV and features Juniper from Italy, Coriander from Morocco, Angelica from Germany, Orange from Spain, Grapefruit & Cumin from Turkey, Cardamom Ginger & Black Pepper from India and Cubebs from Indonesia.

Ophir Gin FINAL

On its own
Nose: Complex savoury spice: caraway, cardamom, cassia, nigella seed, cumin and some juniper dryness, too.
Taste: Smooth and with a good, clean flavour: dry juniper, coriander and citrus to start, then the spice approaches: hints of cardamom, cumin, caraway and a slight menthol note towards the end.

Gin & Tonic
The tonic seems to really accentuate the spice elements of the gin and there is a balance of both sweet spice and some more savoury flavors, such as cumin. Given the colonial nature of the gin’s branding, it is excellent that this works so well in a Gin & Tonic. There’s also a great burst of cardamom on the finish.

Martini
Very, very flavourful: sweet spice upfront, moving onto a more savoury, spicy finish. Ophir mixes very well, producing a crystal-clean result; very good, indeed, which fits in well with the excellent Martinis made by its sister gins, Berkeley Square and Bloom.

Negroni
A lively Negroni that is very spicy, but not too bitter. The vermouth seems neatly accentuated by the spice notes of the gin, although that classic Negroni bitterness is definitely there, courtesy of the Campari.

Sweet Martini
The sweet, herbal notes of vermouth work well with the complex, spiced character of the gin, making an good, if intense after-dinner digestif.

In Conclusion
There are other spiced gins on the market, but they seem to either side with sweet spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cassia) or savoury spice (cumin, ginger, pepper); Ophir is nice in that it has a little of both. My favourite drinks of the above were the excellent Gin & Tonic and the intense Sweet Martini.

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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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