ExecutiveChronicles | What are the Types of Gin and How is it Prepared? | Gin cocktail is widely used in Australia. People in Australia love to have different gin cocktails with unique and native botanicals. Australian gin products are generally featured with new growth pine needles and local & native ingredients.
Gin is a beverage that contains alcohol content to some extent, and gin is extracted from a grain base such as barley or wheat. If you got stuck with only a particular kind of gin and felt bored of that, try different gin models. Gin drinkers in Australia generally know gin as the common ingredient in Gin and Tonic or classic Martini. But there are still a lot of versatile gin cocktails available to explore.
Types of Gin:
- London Dry Gin:
London Dry Gin has originated in England, but it does not mean to originate only in England. Juniper is the fast detectable botanical ingredient of a London Dry gin with angelica root, citrus, and coriander. Most London Dry gin providers pack the bottle with a high-end quality to make the spirit flexible to shake and stir cocktails. Aussies love this gin more than any other.
- Old Tom Gin:
An older style of gin has a rich, malty mouth-watering feel and a touch of citrusy sweetness. In Australia, this Old Tom gin is stored for ages in barrels to make it excellent for shaken cocktails like a classic Tom Collins, and it is also great in stirred cocktails like classic Martinez.
- Plymouth Gin:
If you are looking for a smooth flavor to London Dry Gin, try this Plymouth Gin. It is produced in the South of England and packed at a lower proof. Comparatively, Plymouth Gin has less juniper quantity than London Dry Gin. Plymouth can make a silky and subtle Martini cocktail with the addition of spice and a bit of salinity. It can produce a Navy Strength Gin with 57% alcohol by volume, and it is more similar to a London Dry Gin in character and application.
Genever is the predecessor to modern gin. Genever is richer in ingredients than gin, including earthy, savory, and malty. Choose the Genever flavor for Old Fashioned Gin or any cocktail with sweet vermouth. Australian gin drinkers have high cravings for this genever and considered it one of the best quality gins.
What is the Process of Making Gin?
In Australia, the process of making gin includes distillation. The process starts from the extraction of ethanol from a base spirit. Now the ethanol is redistilled, juniper berries and other botanicals will add to the mix. There are three redistillation steps to include botanicals into the ethanol, and they are as follows:
Step 1: Steeping:
In this step, the distiller mixes both the ethanol and botanicals in a pot which is a metal container placed on a heat source. The botanicals are down steep in the base spirit. To get the flavor the distiller wishes to achieve, they remove the botanicals in the specific required time, or they are left to steep for 48 hours.
Step 2: Vapor Infusion:
This method includes a modified version of Carter-head and is featured with a suspended basket. When the spirit gets heated, ethanol vapors go into the botanical basket. This is the time for botanicals to release their quality and essential oils into the vapors. Now the vapors get back to the liquid form and carry the botanical flavors.
Step 3: Vacuum Distillation:
People in Australia call this vacuum distillation as cold distillation, and this process needs low-pressure vacuum equipment that can decrease ethanol’s boiling point. The proponents of this method declare that the flavor extracts from the botanicals remain perfect other than the utmost heat.
Some Australian distillers use the process of both the steeping and vapor infusion methods and mix each finished product to make a compound gin.
Now it is easy for you to choose the gin you want to have. Explore and try all types of gin, as every gin type has its unique taste and specialty.
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