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Violet Gin

Violet-flavoured gin, with its distinctive floral essence and visually appealing hue, has emerged as a captivating variation within the ever-expanding world of gin. These gins are crafted using violet flowers, which impart a delicate and romantic flavour profile that is both nostalgic and whimsical. The infusion of violet not only enhances the spirit with a subtle, sweet perfume but also contributes a gentle lavender to deep purple colour, depending on the concentration and preparation method.

The use of violet in alcoholic beverages is not a new concept; it harks back to a tradition of using floral notes in cordials and liqueurs, such as crème de violette, which enjoyed popularity in the early 20th century. However, the modern resurgence of craft gins has seen distillers revisiting floral notes, with violet becoming a star ingredient for its distinctive characteristics.

Violet-flavoured gin typically begins its life as a high-quality, neutral grain spirit, which is then distilled with a variety of botanicals. Juniper, the signature ingredient in all gins, remains at the heart of the recipe, providing a piney sharpness that underpins the gin's character. Alongside juniper, a selection of other botanicals such as coriander, citrus peel, and orris root are commonly used to create a balanced and complex base.

The violet flavour is usually introduced during the final stages of production. There are several methods by which the violet essence can be infused: some distillers steep the violet petals directly in the spirit, similar to the infusion of tea, allowing the gin to extract the colour and flavour. Others may use a violet-flavoured essence or an essential oil, ensuring consistency and intensity of flavour. The violet petals can also be distilled alongside the other botanicals, allowing the delicate violet oils to vaporise and condense along with the alcohol, a process that typically yields a more nuanced and integrated floral note.

When it comes to tasting, violet-flavoured gin offers a unique sensory experience. On the nose, the violet fragrance is immediately apparent, evoking the feeling of an English garden in full bloom or the first breath of spring. Upon tasting, the gin reveals layers of flavour. The initial sweetness of violet is often followed by a complex botanical medley that dances on the palate, with the crisp juniper and citrus notes providing a counterbalance to the floral sweetness. The finish is usually smooth and clean, with a lingering floral aftertaste that is both refreshing and sophisticated.

Violet gin is versatile in the world of mixology. It can be sipped neat, over ice, or used as the base for a range of cocktails. A simple tonic water serves as an ideal mixer, allowing the gin's floral notes to shine through, while a splash of lemon or lime juice can add a tart edge that complements the sweetness. For those looking to experiment, violet gin can replace traditional gin in most recipes, adding a new dimension to classic cocktails like the Aviation or the Gin Sour.

The presentation of violet-flavoured gin is also noteworthy. The alluring colour is a visual treat, and when combined with the right garnish, such as a twist of citrus or a few edible petals, it creates an unforgettable drinking experience.

As with all flavoured gins, the quality of the base spirit and the balance of botanicals are crucial. A well-crafted violet gin should allow the floral notes to harmonise with, rather than overpower, the other ingredients. The best expressions of violet gin are those that maintain the spirit’s integrity while successfully introducing the delicate and enchanting flavour of violet.

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