Cocktails with… Studer Swiss Gin

Today we travel to Escholzmatt, Switzerland to look at Studer Swiss Gin. Studer is made by Distillery Studer & Co AG, which was founded in 1883 by Hans Studer. He was inspired by a recipe and secret that he brought back with him from time in France to set up his own distillery. In addition to gin, Studer makes a selection of aged and un-aged schnapps/eau de vie, vodka, liqueurs and an absinthe.Studer Swiss Gin contains seven botanicals:

Juniper

Coriander

Angelica

Ginger

Lemongrass

Lavender

Ground Cubeb

Own:
Nose: Rich & fruity; sweet & floral.
Flavour: Initially soft, with a decent dose of juniper and pine, as well as some floral notes. Some sweetness and herbal aspects, but not very much citrus. There are strong flavours of angelica and coriander, and in this way it reminds me of Square One Botanical Vodka.

Gin & Tonic
Pretty tasty, with notes of juniper and pine, and very, very earthy. Rooty elements, like angelica, also come through. Rather unusual, but I like it; this is a rustic version of a classic G&T. Very good.

Martini
Clean & crisp, but actually quite bitter. Pleasant, but the herbal bitterness is unusual. Despite this, it’s quite clean, as well as being packed with flavour and has a medium finish of juniper and spice.

Gimlet
Sharp and crisp, with herbal hints and a rich flavour profile. Very good.

Jungle Juice
Mrs. B. says, “Yummy.” The ginger and herbal notes work well together, to make a drink that’s refreshing with hints of almond. A lovely cooler.

Alpine Cocktail
20ml Gin 20ml Kirschwasser, 10ml Benedictine – SHAKE
This is a variation on the Maybach 12. There is a mix of dry and sweet herbal notes and all of the ingredients work well together to create a very flavourful drink. The slight dilution and chill from shaking takes the edge of the drink, making it more rounded. Highly recommended.

Aviation
The Aviation is a favourite of many folks, and Studer made a more bitter and herbal Aviation than most other gins. If you wanted it a little sweeter, I’d say an extra dash of Creme de Violette or Marashino should do the trick. This will certainly really appeal to some, especially those that like drinks like the Negroni.

Which leads us to…

Negroni
Initially quite soft, this has plenty of flavour from the juniper and herbs, but, at the same time, wasn’t too intense. There was a pleasant bitterness from the juniper and herbs at the end. This is a sound drink that doesn’t seem be trying to prove anything; full of flavour and rather brilliant.

Gin Julep
Initially, there’s a fresh flavour from the gin and it dry, juniper characteristics. The flavour progresses and becomes deeper when the other botanicals begin to come into play; the mint adds a touch of freshness and the sugar makes it a bit more palatable, with a floral finish.

Martinez
Pretty good; soft and herbal, with the orange bitters finishing off the overall flavour very nicely. Quiet and sophisticated.

In Conclusion
After you try something like Studer, you realise the variation within the gin category. It’s still obviously gin, but it’s some steps removed from the crisp juniper and citrus of many London Dry gins. This makes it both interesting to drink and to mix with, as it adds a new twist to most cocktails.

Cocktail highlights were: Gin & Tonic, Alpine and Negroni

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