This maritime gin is made with Aran Islands Kombu seaweed. It was from Kombu that the holy grail of flavor, the fifth taste, Umami was first isolated.
Aran Islands Kombu, harvested on the last outcrop of Europe, brings a savory twist to this unique Irish product.
Aran Islands Gin Tasting Note
Nose: Clean, with classic juniper, a blast of fresh saltiness and hint of citrus.
Palate: Smooth and balanced, starting with juniper and citrus, giving way to umami depth from the Kombu and a bold peppery spice.
Finish: More Umami balanced with a long, dry, spicy finish.
With tonic- the Umami and spiciness really come forward.
Suggested Garnishes- Citrus (preferably Lime) wedge and Classic tonic. If brave enough add a sliver of fresh Kombu!
Classic Tonic water will highlight the flavours best, or serve with soda or on the rocks as a sipping gin.
Dirty Martini: 62.5ml Aran Islands Distilled Irish Gin
• 12.5ml Dry Vermouth
• 1 Dash Bitters 10ml of Olive Brine.
Method: Pour Gin, Vermouth and olive brine into a mixing glass. Stir well then strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with an olive on a cocktail stick.