Gin is definitely part of the most sophisticated cocktails. Thus, Icon-Icon has selected the world’s best gins to offer your father on Father’s Day.
FOCUS GIN: The Best Of Gins For This Season
Everyone has their own way of drinking this little piece of history. Thanks to a recent craze, gin has become the most sophisticated ingredient of all cocktails. From the mythical Martini to the Cosmopolitan — spirits have been erected in a nectar rich in evocations. Intricacy, elegance, and power. The gin, alone or in a cocktail, bequeaths in the mouth subtlety and excellence! sophistication
Each distillery has its own way of shaping this piece of history of taste. If this spirit stems from a composition born of monks’ minds, then in the alchemists, this alcohol entered the pantheon of sophistication over the 18th century.
Today, Icon-Icon presents its selection of the world’s best-of gins to surprise your father on Father’s Day. A perfect occasion to taste this spirit!
Let us start with Citadelle’s distillery and two innovative gins. The first one is the Citadelle’s gin, also known as Original. This gin is floral and strikingly mellow. The recipe takes its origins from one of the first gins produced in France to Dunkerque’s Citadelle.
Gins from Citadelle own their exceptional tastes from their production, run in small copper Charentais’s stills, warmed over an open fire. A pure innovation!
A “tailor-made” gin that, since 1996, revolutionises and makes people want to taste again that utterly contemporary spirit.
The second gin bears the name of Jardin d’Été. It is poetic and marvelously balanced thanks to its gradual infusing method. Jardin d’Été Citadelle is a fresh gustative journey. This aromatic spirit blends 22 plants, including juniper berries, orange bark, lemons, yuzu peel, and melon from Charentes.
The distillery described this gin as: “fruity and floral, this new bold and affirmed creation stands out by its personality, as much peppery as minty”.
Good news! You will have the chance to taste gins from Citadelle all season from the new summer rooftop, located at the Terrass Hotel, Le Cabanon Perché!
Still among these Made in France spirits, we find the gin Comte de Grasse N°44 Original. Nestled on the French Riviera, the Count de Grasse innovates here with a gin possessing Grassois pedigree. Flavors, intriguing luxury aromas — the Comte de Grasse gin lets you taste rare plants in gin, sea asparagus, grapefruit, jasmine, Sichuan pepper, centifolia pink… magnified by revolutionary distillation techniques.
These plants are accessible at Grasse, known as the cradle of perfumery. We find the age-old techniques for distilling perfumes that make the town’s reputation, in perfect balance with our innovative way of making spirits. The legacy of methods for which the region is world-famous goes perfectly with our precision close to the atomic level. Our goal is to imagine the future spirits by keeping Provence in our minds, hearts, and near our palaces. It is priceless to be so close to everything we need to distill the Comte de Grasse spirits sustainably, including the richness of its ecosystem.» notes the prestigious distillery.
Ever since 2020, Botaniets has been the only distilled gin without alcohol. Behind this original position, we find the Belgian company Niets. A bold gin that retains the aromas’s spirit present in this alcohol. The distillery’s signature spirit is composed of rosemary, cardamom, juniper berries, and fresh tangerine peel. It is the first non-alcoholic gin to be distilled and categorized as authentic gin. Its secret of manufacture? The aroma amplification and a 7-day-long manufacturing process, while a traditional gin with alcohol takes only 3 hours”.
Restoring and with a deliciously grassy aroma, Botaniets is the ideal gin for summer cocktails, especially when Niets suggests astounding recipes!
Another spirit produced in France—Generous Bio gin. This unrivalled spirit was developed and bottled near Cognac. And it is in an exclusive design that this refined distillate flows.
The manufacturing process uses the best neutral alcohol so the spices and herbs can relax their aromas. It also blends ingredients like juniper berries, citrus peel, grey peppercorns, oleander berries, and lime. The Generous Bio spirit harmoniously releases a fresh, floral nose like a summer garden. On the palate, the gin is balanced, fruity, sweet, and intensely charming! We find especially parsley and Combava.
Still in France, but close to Calvados this time, the Nomindia distillery is in the hands of the third generation of producers. It is precisely Pierre, the head of the company, who, after a trip to India, discovered a civilization, its flavors, its smells, and its colors. As a big fan of spirits, he decides to produce in the family distillery, his version of spirits!
The distillery works the Nomindia gin in a traditional column of Calvados. The gin is produced as an intellectual blend made of juniper, clove, ginger, a note of lily, apple, orange, cinnamon, and… seven other botanical ingredients kept secret!
The result? A cutting nose of apple, orange peel, and cinnamon. Nomindia spirits are tasty, balanced, and fabulous to taste.
This is The Acrobat! A French spirit from organic farming produced in small quantities through a unique distillation process that the distillery jealously keeps secret…
Perfect balance between freshness and fruit, classicism and exoticism, technique and poetry, L’Acrobate is a gin that competes with the perfect Father’s Day gift! A gin with a fresh, iodized touch adds just the right amount to the lush bouquet of exotic fruits.
The June Gin introduced two gins whose aromas speak for themselves. These two recommendations are all the more interesting for Father’s Day, so let them ignite the taste!
The first June Gin, June Pear Royale & Cardamone, has fresh and fruity aromas, complemented by elegant notes of subtly spicy pear. On the palate, this spirit enhances its tasting around a nice balance and a pleasant roundness, punctuated with a spicy hint.
The second summer opus of June Gin is the June Pêche de Vigne & Fruits d’Eté. A sweet and fruity spirit that inspires delicate aromas of peach and summer fruits. Round and flavorful, it relaxes the palate around a finish that spreads in gluttony!
Here is another innovative gin. Born in Cognac, this spirit is manufactured by the winemaker turned master distiller, Jean-Sébastien Robicquet, at the head of Maison Villevert. It is a long process of successive distillations that gives this spirit all its wonder!
The house explains: The different essences of vine flowers and aromatic plants such as juniper berry, green cardamom, cubeb berry, licorice, lime, parsley, quassia amara, the nutmeg, and ginger are then assembled in ratios held secret and again distilled handcrafted in the Lily Flower, a copper still designed specifically for G’Vine Flowering. This final step provides a gin that expresses a unique sweetness and freshness in the gins category.”
Finally, for those whose parents are spirits lovers, Icon-Icon has found Bacchae — the Marais distillery that offers to make its gin to measure in its workshops in Paris! A unique experience to discover here that we had the chance to test! For two hours, from the selection of ingredients to the tasting of your own gin, you will be taken to the world of a distillery in the heart of Paris!
A distillery that also produces Gin N°01 Bacchae. The gin goes through a 4-days-long maceration process before undergoing a cold extraction by rotary evaporation, to take this special taste…
A fresh gin described in its tasting note as «a beautiful aromatic palette complementing the juniper, with a subtle balance brought by herbaceous and citrus notes.»