Remember them

ON the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, we will remember them.

Our gin tastings this week will explore some of the intriguing gins connected with stories of remembrance, the colour red and rosemary.

1. Poppies, Belgium, 40% ABV

The recipe for Rubbens Poppies Gin is said to date back to the First World War.

Made at the famous Rubbens Distillery they revived this fine secret Flemish Jenever gin recipe, said to come from an English soldier in Ypres, to commemorate the 1914/18 war.

The stone jars of gin were passed from man to man, soldier to officer, behind the frontlines in Flanders’ Fields; giving them strength and courage and helping them to escape the hardship of war.

Herbaceous, piney with liquorice notes.

Serve with rose lemonade and star anise.

2. Daffy’s Red Gooseberry Ltd Edition, Edinburgh, 41.4% ABV

Made in collaboration with Red Magazine, this small batch limited edition gin (5000 bottles) is infused with whole fresh unpressed Scottish red gooseberries which give this classic London dry its distinctive colouring.

Daffy is the Goddess of Gin. First written about in the 1700s, Daffy is the essence of great gin, a lover of life who has transcended the decades.

Serve with elderflower tonic, fresh mint and lime.

3. Thomas Dakin, Manchester, 42% ABV

Named after the forefather of British gin, Thomas Dakin began distilling in the 18th century, going on to sell his recipes to the Greenall family.

Thomas Dakin Gin is now a small batch distillery championing the Northern gin movement.

Juniper forward with sweet orange and citrus contrasting with savoury cubebs and red cole (a horseradish variety).

Serve with premium light or grapefruit tonic, orange peel and rosemary – in Australia, sprigs of rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day and sometimes Remembrance Day to signify remembrance as the herb grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance” and mourners would throw it into graves to remember the dead.