Here's the thing - we are huge fans of Stig Bareksten and the Gins he produce...! At the time of writing, we have never met Stig - but just following his quest around the world, as well as his extremely sympathetic approach to the principles he puts to use, when creating his Gins, makes us love this guy...!
An apparently we are not alone, as his Gins have always been very well received, by both consumers as well as professionals. Actually - this particular Gin, received the prestigious Double Gold Award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2017. This means, the Gin received the highest mark from all 42 judges....!!!!
With a total of 26 different botanicals - where of 19 are sourced locally i Norway - this is a very complex Gin. Stig har previously stated, that a Gin should start dry and end bitter...! We completely understand this idea, but don't get this wrong by thinking this is a bitter Gin, as this is by no means the case. However - this is a Gin, which takes you on a journey when you taste is, as the flavours develop and pop up along the way, from start to the end.
Among the known botanicals in the Gin, are juniper, coriander, blueberries, grains of paradise, fennel, rose hips, lime peel, rose flowers, cinnamon, caraway, cardamom, angelica, lemon and orange peel, orris, rhubarb, aniseed, nutmeg, red clover, lavender, chamomile, mint arnica flowers, elderflowers and lingonberries.
San Fransisco 2017, Double Gold
San Fransisco 2018, Bronze and Silver Award
The Gin Masters 2017, Gold Winner
International Spirit Challenge 2017, Gold Winner
IWSC 2017, Bronze and Silver Award
The Gin Masters Asia 2018, Silver Award
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 2018, Gold Winner
Melbourne International Spirits Competition 2018, Silver Award
World Gin Awards, Nominated for Best Distiller
Word Gin Awards, Best Norwegian London Dry
Gin Magazine, Nominated for Best Distillery
DOGA 2017, Mark of Great Design
Norwegian Financial Time (DN) 2017, #1 of 92 tested
Gin Guild 2018, Membership
A HUGE GINTOSSEN favourite ❤️
By the way - we just need to mention, that the base spirit for this Gin, is not wheat, rye or sugar beets which are amont the most used base spirits in Gin. Nope - it's potato....! Yup - just like vodka! And it's just BRILLIANT because it's even more subtle than most other base spirits.