As with a few of their other expressions, their Savoury Gin started life as a Distillery product, served exclusively at their home at 186 Portobello Road. It started out as a gin they called King Theodore of Corsica, an experiment which was once again inspired by their delving into the history of gin drinking in London. Sounds like a curious name for a gin, ‘King Theodore of Corsica’, but once upon a time there were many curious names for gin, such as Madame Genever, Diddle, Crank, Hearts Ease, Cats Water, Lighting, Daffy, to name but a few!
Taking the idea of a gin for the King of Corsica as their jumping off point they decided to create a gin inspired by the botanicals of Corsica and the surrounding Mediterranean area. Joining the classic set of botanicals that they use for Portobello Road London Dry Gin, they also add, bergamot, rosemary, basil and green olive, and like with their Navy Gin they add just a tiny pinch of sea salt after distillation to give it that slight hint of coastal air.
On the nose, this gin is exactly what you’d expect from both the name, the packaging and the list of botanicals, it’s still clearly gin, lots of juniper lots of citrus, but it is those delightful herbal notes from the basil and particularly the rosemary.
In the mouth hits bright and vibrant, again with a nice dry finish, perhaps a little less spicy in flavour than some of the other gins but still with that lingering nutmeg heat, and like with the navy strength that tint hit of salt leaves you wanting more and the green olive gives us a lingering sense of dryness. It transports you to the heady sunny days of summer and holidays to the Med. Great with food too, if you don’t feel like opening a bottle of wine. Perfect Serve: Pair with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary.