Entropia Gin is made by Entropia Liquors in the Galicia region on the north-west tip of Spain (the bit north of Portugal). The company make a Gin Pure, using botanicals that include juniper, coriander, orange, lemon, and liquorice, but today’s featured gin is made using almond and hibiscus, too. After distillation, the gin is infused with guarana and ginseng, which gives the gin its colour. Both gins are bottled at 40% ABV.
On its own
Nose: Juniper, as well as some darker resin notes. There are also tannins reminiscent of sweet black tea, bergamot, and Earl Grey. Complex, with sweet, lingering spice.
Taste: Juniper mixed with the tannin tea notes, plus some citrus. The tea adds some woody notes reminiscent of aged gin, with vanilla and oak towards the finish, alongside some plump, fruity citrus.
Gin & Tonic
Entropia Gin works well with tonic: its tea elements and floral character are highlighted by tonic water, bringing something new to the table. This is a drink full of complex flavours and is wonderfully thirst-quenching.
A very pleasant and sweet Martini. The herbal tannin notes associated with tea work especially well in this cocktail. There is also a little fruitiness in the middle and malty oak towards the end. A deliciously different Martini, both in flavour and colour: a pale gold.
Rather viscous and thick, this is quite a good cocktail; there is intensity from the juniper and pine, as well as a touch of lemon and tea. Sweeter than a normal Negroni, this is a different take on the drink.
I think that Entropia is a shining example of the new styles being released by Spanish distilleries.
It is in a contemporary style, but doesn’t lose what it means to be a gin, and introduces some exciting, new flavours that work really well in gin cocktails.