Since starting my YouTube channel and posting drinking videos I have found there are two type of spirit drinkers. One who will always stay with the safe and vanilla brands. They will always drink Gordons, Smirnoff, J&B etc. Donât get me wrong there is nothing intrinsically wrong with these brands but they are the alcoholic equivalent of driving a ford mondeo. The will drive you to work but you wonât get excited. Maybe I should stop mixing alcohol and driving metaphors.
Quick Segway. A great comedian George Carlin was talking about how to get audiences out of the comfort zone. He said there was a imaginary line which shows the limit to where the audience thinks they can go and itâs the job of the comedian to not only get them to cross the line but be happy they crossed it.
The same can be said for artisanal spirits.
You will either love it or hate it but the journey will be an interesting one.
The later is the case when it comes to Meuniers Gin, made just outside Grenoble, at the base of the French Alps. Made in batches of less than 300 bottles from Juniper and 11 botanicals. Its described as powerful but balanced. The main reason for powerful is aniseed. According to the label the four major ingredients Juniper, Myristica (the plant were nutmeg grows), foeniculum (Fennel) and Sambucus (Sambuca). The later two have a very strong aniseed flavor and aniseed is a very âmarmiteâ flavor. You either love it of hate it and in the case of our tasters they hated it. Not only was the taste strong but it also caused the drink to go slightly cloudy.
To summarize if you like Aniseed you will love this gin otherwise its maybe a little âpowerfulâ.