Cocktails with.. Lebensstern Dry Gin – From Austria

Recently, I received a gin care package from Germany; inside was a bottle of The Duke Munich Dry Gin and another of Lebensstern. Both are produced at the Freihof Distillery in Austria, near the border of both Switzerland and Germany, and are made for the Einstein Bar in Berlin. The Lebensstern forms the base for the excellent Lebensstern Pink Gin that we featured a few months back and is bottled at 43 %ABV.

Own
Nose: Lots of rather fruity, jammy notes, with some sweet juniper, pine, apricot and peach.
Taste: Quite smooth, with plenty of juniper and rich, jammy, fruity flavours, including peach, raspberry and apricot. Very good.

Gin & Tonic
Really good: refreshing, succulent and very fruity; no garnish is needed at all. The dominant flavours are: raspberry, peach, plum and apricot. Again, this is quite jammy. The juniper is still there, but it’s in the background, making for a very unusual, but nonetheless fantastic G&T!

Martini
A rather fruity Martini, full of luscious, fresh fruit flavours, reminding me of biting into a ripe peach. This is well-balanced and not sickly; despite the rich flavours, the drink maintains the cocktail’s signature dry finish. Not a conventional Martini by any means, but a very good one nonetheless.

Pink Gin
Unusual and full of jammy berry notes mixed with sweet spice, this reminded me of an English winter tart. Once again, this is a step away from the cocktail’s usual profile, but remains an enjoyable drink.

Milano
Another lovely drink. The tartness from the lemon and the vanilla-sweetness from the Galliano worked well with the fruity gin, creating a well-rounded cocktail.

Gin Buck
The by now familiar jammy, fruity notes of the Lebensstern worked well with the citrus and sweet, spicy ginger. This is a drink that is both refreshing and comforting.

Negroni
This gin really stands up well to the Campari and makes a lovely Negroni: bittersweet, with an extreme, bitter finish that is rounded off by the rich, succulent fruitiness of the gin. With distinctive notes of peach & plum, this is one of my favourite Negronis.

Gin Old Fashioned
The gin came through well, but, with the extra sugar from the cube, I found this a tad too sweet, tasting more like a gin liqueur.

In Conclusion

Overall, I was impressed with Lebensstern Dry Gin. Its rich, fruity and jammy style is distinctive, being almost halfway between dry gin and sloe gin. Not only distinctive, it also gives some fresh and tasty twists on the characteristics of some Classic gin cocktails.

Drink highlights included the Negroni and the Gin & Tonic.