Martin Miller’s Icelandic Gin 40% abv
When it comes to gin, people either love or hate it. However, this gin was created as a way for co-founder Martin Miller to create a revolutionary but classic gin that would change the world of this spirit.
There are 10 botanicals in the gin, using the classics of Juniper and citrus peels. Originally developed back in 1998, this is the first gin to use cucumber distillate – even before Hendricks which is best known for how well it is complemented by cucumber. Martin Millers is distilled locally in England, and it’s one of the oldest in Britain. Traditional methods are at the heart of this gin.
The water they use however, comes from Icelandic springs. With about 60 percent of the gin being water, it’s important what type of water you use. The Martin Miller website has a great little back story about their decision to use this water. By using Icelandic water, you get a really creamy, light feel from the gin. Just like the map on the bottle, you can taste the journey this gin goes on.
The bottle itself is a work of art. The hexagonal shape along with the map give it such a clean cut finish that makes you want to pick it up without even caring what it tastes like.
Upon opening the bottle, you can smell the magic, the journey it’s taken and the fact that the botanicals are distilled straight into the spirit and water rather than in a berry tray. The smell is subtle, unlike other gins such as Beefeater and Gordon’s which have an overpowering scent. The juniper is there but it’s more of a perfume smell than something too botanical.
It’s a gin that works neat. Other gins, such as Gordon’s, I wouldn’t dream of drinking neat, however, I could possibly do this one on the rocks with a squeeze of fruit. It’s a long-standing bartender’s favourite which should easily find a place in your heart.
Admittedly, gin is not one of them drinks that I would drink to get drunk. It’s when you’ve finished work or for when you’re meeting your friends and just want a laid-back catch-up. Although it’s rock ’n’ roll, it isn’t rock ‘n’ roll. So we’ve gone for a slightly more chilled approach to our music choice here. Aptly fitting, however, we found a cover that The Gourds did of Snoop Dogg’s hit song ‘Gin and Juice’ back in 1998 – the same year this gin was developed. So pour yourself a long glass of Martin Miller’s and Tonic – or juice if you prefer – pop this song on and relax.