A Gin from the Sub – Continent
Looking for a more unusual gin? Distilled in north India, Jaisalmer Gin is a refreshing and off beat addition to the drinks tray
Review by Rupert Watkins
An Indian gin..? That’s unusual…
Indeed it is. The sub – continent is better known for its love of Scotch than that most English of white spirits. Made for export by one of India’s largest distillers Radico Khaitan (the firm traces its roots back to 1943), Jaisalmer gin was introduced to the UK market in the second half of 2018.
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Jaisalmer – sounds a rather romantic and adventurous name…?
Yes, the Indian city of Jaisalmer is in Rajasthan dates back to mediaeval times and was a former independent princely state. Distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture, it is known as the “Golden City,” its fort dominating the skyline. The name certainly evokes an era of opulence and mystery.
So…. What’s it like?
Rather good. I like my gins on the citrus end of the spectrum and with its botanicals including sweet orange peel, lemon peel and caraway seeds this is a zesty, refreshing and light example with a little body courtesy of the grains of paradise and Darjeeling tea leaves. As a basis for a reviving G’n’T this is excellent; being light some gin devotees may prefer a more peppery one for winter but for all year round drinking Jaislamer gin is one to have on the drinks tray.
The G’n’T gets a thumbs up, what about as a cocktail base?
For general use, Jaislamer gin should be good. For a martini, I reckon the lightness of the gin lends itself to a dry rather than dirty drink. With its citrus edge, and a small dash of vermouth, this should provide pleasing drinking.
Worth hunting down then..?
There’s no doubt gin is a remarkably congested market at the moment; this appeals if you’re after something with a rather different backstory rather than simply another small batch distilled example from somewhere in East London. For £35, a very pleasant citrusy spirit and the undoubted talking point of having an Indian gin distilled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Jaisalmer gin worth looking up.