Continuing the theme of gins available in the Spanish market and with Advent starting tomorrow, it seemed that a gin with a suitable colour scheme would be appropriate.
Gin 999.9 is made in Alsace, France. It is based on a recipe from the 20th Century and is produced in a still made from gold. Gold is a better thermal conductor than copper, so that makes some sense, but it is also much softer, not to mention far more expensive.
The gin is bottled at 40.0% ABV and is made using botanicals including: juniper, coriander, angelica, cassia, vanilla, tangerine, poppy, and violet.
On its own
Nose: Bright orange: hints of peel, orange oil, and orange blossom. There’s a little tanginess, too, plus some sweetness and a little mustiness.
Taste: On the palate, there is a more balanced sweetness and plenty of orange notes, along with some chocolate. It really is packed full of citrus, though, with notes of lemon, orange, and clementine. It is reminiscent of the orange gins of old, with additional hints of dry juniper and angelica on the finish.
Gin & Tonic
Strong flavours of menthol pepper come through, with hints of bitterness. This is very strong and may be too much for some, but the oiliness and intense bitterness may appeal to Negroni fans.
Sweet and incredibly citrusy, with bold flavours of tangy orange. This reminds me of Martinis made with vintage examples of Orange Gin.
This isn’t a terrible drink, but – bizarrely, given the bitterness of the Gin & Tonic – it is one of the sweetness Negronis that I have ever had. It’s flavour profile is dominated by citrus, reminding me a tad of Negroni sorbet.
Those looking for a Classic London Dry Gin should look elsewhere; this gin, whilst a nice product, is rather sweet and heavy on the citrus, reminding me of a dry triple sec.
That said it did work well in the Martini.