Disclosure: The bottle for this review of Pothecary Trinity Gin gifted by the distiller. Opinions entirely that of the author.
Pothecary Trinity Gin
Since Sipsmith helped opened the floodgates to craft distilling in 2009, the innovation in the category has been incredible. As a gin fan, the variety and quality now available is exciting.
But, in a category which has risen exponentially in popularity, it’s been impossible for regulations to keep up with many arguing that we’re starting to lose sight (or taste) of what gin is due to the divergence in products bearing the label “gin”.
Pothecary Trinity Gin is a counter-punch to this divergence, stripping everything back to just three botanicals and the pillars of gin – juniper, citrus and spice.
British blended ginPothecary Gin was created by two friends – distiller Martin Jennings and Lukasz Dwornik. Both had worked together for several years as a Wine Development Specialist and Senior Hospitality Manager respectively. As with many brands, they were drinking what they felt was a substandard gin and tonic and set out to create one which would be better. After many months, the name Pothecary was settled upon with an ethos to create high quality, artisan gin using only certified organic botanicals. Their original ‘blue label’ gin was extremely well received, winning double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards. Other expressions followed including the Sicilian Blend and, the focus of this review, Trinity.
Pothecary Trinity Blend was conceived by Martin Jennings as a counterpunch to what he described to me as the “alarming state of the gin market”
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A blend of three botanicalsPothecary Trinity Gin is a blended gin, meaning each botanical is individually distilled before blending the distillates together for the finished product. The scale at which Pothecary distill is truly artisan with Jennings using three stills to make his distillates – two 60 litre copper alembic stills which are mostly used for juniper, and a 40 litre copper alembic still which he uses for his other botanicals. In Trinity’s case these are coriander and bergamot. Before going anywhere near a still, each botanical is measured out and macerated (steeped) for several days in spring water and spirit. Depending on the botanical this is usually seven to nine days. This allows the essential oils and flavours to come out prior to distillation. Once ready, the entire contents are added to the still and distillation starts. When complete, the juniper, coriander and bergamot distillates are blended together and cut back with spring water.
Organic ingredientsAll Pothecary Gins are created using certified organic botanicals which takes some extra effort but it’s central to the ethos of Pothecary Gin. Where possible, Jennings deals directly with the growers. Seasonal botanicals such as citrus are purchased once a year and the peels are frozen for freshness.
juniper, coriander and bergamot
How to serve Pothecary Trinity Gin
- Chill a glass in the fridge for a 15 minutes
- Add plenty of ice to the glass
- Add 50ml of Pothecary Trinity Gin
- Pour 150ml of quality Indian tonic water
- Garnish with a slice of bergamot (if available). Otherwise lemon or orange
- Stir gently and serve
To sip over ice, piney, herbaceous juniper laces the tongue. It’s oily and creamy; incredibly smooth.
You might think a gin with just three botanicals will be boring and one dimensional. Think again! Pothecary Trinity Gin is a gin that’s more complex than the simplicity of its botanicals suggests.
Sweet, grassy citrus envelopes the nose followed by piney juniper. It’s surprisingly fresh in scent, given its punchy 49% ABV.
To sip over ice, piney, herbaceous juniper laces the tongue. It’s oily and creamy; incredibly smooth. Zingy citrus and coriander join the party for an enduring finish, while the juniper is present throughout.
Despite its high ABV, it doesn’t overpower me. I’d have expected more of an ethanol hit on the nose and burn on the palate, but it just didn’t come.