Jaisalmer: Indian Craft Gin
When you think of having gin, you probably reach for a bottle of one from England, a country known for making amazing gin. It’s also become trendy to sip funky gins from Colorado or Oregon. Have you ever thought about exploring gin from India?
Gin has become quite the hot spirit in India. It’s now the go to spirit for when people want to imbibe. This is paving the way for a craft gin movement in the country. Leading the way is Jaisalmer produced by Radico Khaitan, who are known for their whisky. Jaisalmer Gin is their first gin creation. I have a feeling that it won’t be their last, because they are onto something!
The spirit is triple-distilled using copper pot stills at a distillery based in the foothills of the Himalayas. Jaisalmer is inspired by the luxurious days of the Maharajas and Maharanis, when the city of Jaisalmer was poppin’. It’s a classically styled gin. Derived from the ancient Indian knowledge of herbs; made using 11 botanicals, seven of which come from India, including coriander and vetiver, orange and lemon peel, cubeb pepper berries, lemongrass and Darjeeling green tea leaves.
The gin is beautifully packaged in a sleek and chic black bottle. The classy gold logo and lettering is accompanied by the presence of a black buck and the golden fort framed by traditional Rajasthani decorative motifs. The buck in the logo is royally reminiscent of the highly prized Jaisalmer Royal Flag. The bottle is a beautiful addition to a home bar.
This gin makes a fab Negroni. For a little more pop top it with sparkling wine, such as a Crémant for a sparkling Negroni. It’s also a great go to gin for gin based cocktails. I give it a big thumbs up.
The Jaisalmer Negroni
1 part Jaisalmer Gin
1 part Martini Rosso
1 part Campari
Combine all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass and stir.