I had the opportunity to present six amazing gins at my first full Gin Dinner earlier this month. The Watch that ends the Night Restaurant, in Dartmouth, offers a wide selection of themed dinners. I had the pleasure of hosting a whisky dinner for them back in May.
With each course, a gin cocktail and a sample of each gin was provided for guests to sample and experience each food pairing.
Citadelle, Ungava, Portobello Road, Gin Mare, The Botanist and Aviation were the super six gins with an array of dishes from shrimp salad, roasted bone marrow to white chocolate and lavender.
One of the unique gins and an absolute super star was Gin Mare paired with Beef Tartare, herbs and apricot marmalade.
Gin Mare is made in a small town in Catalonia, Spain and really is an authentic Mediterranean style gin. From the local botanicals including olives to the slow distillation style, Gin Mare captures this special part of the world.
The botanicals are macerated for up to one year either separately or in combinations prior to distillation. and finally blended together.
The nose is predominantly rosemary, basil and thyme before the junipers appear. On the palate citrus fruits wrapped around a variety of herbal notes, with a hint of marmalade on the finish.
Gin Mare is almost sold out in Nova Scotia however, it will be back and available in many stores in early 2019.