By Richard Middleton
Fords Gin (photo credit foodrepublic.com)
Fords Gin is made at Thames Distillers in London, in two 500-liter pot stills. The botanicals, water, & neutral grain alcohol are placed in the still to soak for about 15 hours which draws out the flavors of the botanicals. The stills are then heated, cooking the botanicals into the neutral grain spirit, vaporizing, condensing, & marrying everything together. Fords Gin is shipped to Ukiah, California in bulk where water is added to bring the product to 90 proof. This process reduces Fords carbon footprint. Additionally, the water in Ukiah comes from a well Mendocino County that is flawlessly pure.
Fords Gin is made with nine botanicals (juniper berries, coriander, lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, cassia, angelica, orris and jasmine). Each botanical plays a specific role in making the palate balanced and the flavor work in cocktails. These are exotic spices that come from all over the globe and each one of them has its own story of agriculture & history, eventually finding themselves all together in one recipe.
Aroma: Aromatic & herbal with floral & citrus background. NOT your typical London Dry Gin.
Taste: Oily body, juniper, coriander, lemon bitter orange, grapefruit, angelica, cassia, & orris root.
Finish: Crisp & dry with wonderful botanicals lingering.
A no nonsense quality product that places its focus on taste.
About Fords Gin:
“Crystalline and flawlessly pure…entry is pleasingly viscous and silky…easily one of the best gins reviewed over the last two years.” – Spirits Journal, December 2012
“A Gin to be used as a workhorse for the cocktailian bartender.” – Simon Ford, The 86 Co.