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Spirit review: Sloane’s Distilled Gin, the Netherlands


Strange name. "Distilled"? One would expect gin to be distilled. And this comes not from a producer called Sloane but from Toorank Distilleries. They decided to pay tribute to Sir Hans Sloane, the Irish-born physician, botanist and namesake of London's Sloane Square who, among other things, granted the land in the mid-18th century that contains the Chelsea Physic Garden, London's famous botanical centre. Gin is, after all, made with so-called botanicals, the plant ingredients, such as juniper, that impart its flavour.

Where other gins steep all botanicals together in a tank, Toorank steeps each of its nine aromatic ingredients one by one, marrying the separate distillates later to create the final blend. Supposedly this creates a more complex or refined product. Toorank also uses fresh citrus instead of the usual dried peels, and you can taste that essence, to be sure. The gin is silky-sweet at first, not quite as dry as the standard London Dry style, with a good level of juniper anchoring the flavour. It also displays a welcome spicy edge to balance the fruit and an earthy, cereal-like quality on the finish. It's a fine gin for a classic negroni cocktail – equal parts gin, Campari liqueur and red vermouth. $37.50 in Que.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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