Le Tribute pairs well with a light tonic, with not too much bitterness, to let the botanicals shine through. It's versatile gin I would happily use in a variety of cocktails. It's a thumbs up from me!
Andy Strachan - GIN SOCIETY EXPERT
LE TRIBUTE GIN
Made by the same folks who created the award-winning Gin Mare, this gin is a tribute to the pioneers and heritage behind spirits. It features a hefty load of vibrant botanicals distilled over seven distillations, including juniper, lime, kumquat, lemon, pink and green grapefruit, mandarin, lemongrass, bitter and sweet oranges – distilled in that order. With a bottle designed to look like an antique medicine bottle, this is one to store at the front of the drinks cabinet!
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LE TRIBUTE Gin has an incredibly bright, citrus nose. It’s fleshy and fruity, with the lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange all contributing, while the tangerine in particular bringing a deliciously decadent boiled sweet smell to the fore.
Juniper and lemongrass conspire to form a green, grassy and herbal bed upon which the citruses lay. The fruits are never present in their individual form, rather they’ve combined and mutated into a hulk-sized monster – something huge, loud and aggressive. It fills the senses – if James and the Giant Peach was about a lemongrass and tangerine hybrid, sipping this is as close as you’ll ever feel to being the titular character. The juniper is forced into the background as a result but it still plays a palpable role in anchoring the overall flavour profile.
With tonic, a rich grapefruit smell remains, though the rest of the citrus is slightly muted. This translates to the taste, too; when diluted, the spirit seems to expand sideways, allowing the juniper and lemongrass to bob up to the surface and make brief, but welcome, appearances. It’s really quite delicious – one to quaff in the garden on a warm summers day.
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The bottle would not be seen far from an auld apothecary. The green glass, copper-style lid and old-world branding create a traditional romantic look. Spain has a proud culture of food and beverage, as it certainly should. This gin seems to be hitting all the bases in complementing the Spanish tastes.
Le Tribute pairs well with a light tonic, with not too much bitterness, to let the botanicals shine through. The Spanish version of a gin and tonic, much to my pleasure, is a goblet with almost half gin. However, in this case, 60mL of Le Tribute and double that of light-flavoured tonic is perfect – with a slice of lemon in a tall glass filled with ice. It’s a versatile gin and I would quite happily use it in a variety of other cocktails, from a Gimlet to a Red Snapper. A thumbs-up from me!
Nose: High citrus profile with coriander seed and spice. A good amount of alcohol burn, which is quite pleasing to the nostrils.
Palate: Quite floral at first, particularly lavender, then quickly leaning towards the citrus end. All the citrus botanicals present in the gin are quite prominent.
Finish: There is a fade in the floral aspect. You’re left with juniper, the hero of the story. The warming burn of a slightly higher-alcohol gin is welcoming too. It’s quite a long finish.
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Just by reading the ingredients you can tell this will be a citrus forward gin, but to be honest that’s an understatement! The juniper takes a back seat to the fresh, juicy citrus flavours that abound. They’ve even written ‘fresh’ on the label!
On opening the bottle the aroma of sweet orange blossom hits you before the other citrus powers through, I found grapefruit and tangerine the most dominant.
Flavourwise it’s a bold, full-bodied gin with a delicious citrus tang. I thought it was almost lemon sherbet-like. There are also herbaceous notes from the juniper and lemongrass.
This gin falls firmly into the ‘contemporary’ group of gins with a less juniper dominant flavour, but is a great example of taking the spirit to its furthermost boundaries.
Check out the recipe for our Giró The Hero, concocted by Andy Strachan for the Gin Society to suit the unique botanicals of Le Tribute Gin.
GIR´O THE HERO
40mL Le Tribute 30mL Umeshu (Japanese Plum Wine) 1 bar spoon of Grenadine 20mL Lemon Juice Cucumber to Garnish Combine liquid ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for eight seconds. Strain into a short glass filled with ice. Garnish with cucumber.
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