Bodegas Vegamar enter the Premium Gin Market….A VÍ Vid report.

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Bodegas Vegamar have launched two new premium Gins onto the market this week and gin drinkers are going to love them both!

The launch took place in Valencia´s iconic Umbracle on Monday evening 26 June with a packed audience enjoying a celebratory light buffet accompanied by wines from the bodega before the main event, a presentation and tasting of the new products. The event is part of a series of such events launching `Gin City-Valencia´and `Gin City-London´onto the National market.

Although the presentation was led by the parent company Grupo Disber and the Bodegas principals, Pablo Ossorio (Technical Director) and Maripaz Quilez Porter            (winemaker)  with input from partners UVÉ the gins have been developed over the last year by  Nariz D´Oro, Pere Mercador. He spoke of a year visiting distillery´s,  learning about botanicals, base wines and spirits etc.

Ultimately they have settled on a very Valencian distillery in the heart of distilling and liquor country situated in the Sierra Mariola to make the gins – neither Vegamar nor Partners UVÉ have the facility to distill.

Each sip of these gins will satisfy the drinker’s palate and remind them of the style they are tasting.

GinCity London is a traditional `London Dry ´style, elegant, fresh, citric, with a hint of the East and with a touch of modernity which the citrus , mint and gin add to the base. It is a gin with  40 º VOL and five separate distillations which supply a concentration of the elements to the purist. The main botanicals are Juniper, Cardamom, Coriander,  Angelica , Lemon and Orange peel ,Peppermint and Ginger. It is a refreshing drink  taken with tonic from which the citrus notes sing out without over dominating the whole and is a drink which could convert non-gin drinkers to the habit.

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 GinCity Valencia, by contrast is a smooth , elegant, aromatic , floral and fruity which has more volume and evolves in the glass. Six distillations are necessary before this classic is bottled, something rarer in the world of gins!  During this process the classic Juniper and the citrus elements together with the wine made from  Moscatel de Alejandría from the bodegas vineyards in  Calles, the scents of  the mountains and Marcona almonds, also native and grown  in the zone, meld together . This is what gives it a Mediterranean style and a different  and  special character. Fragrant, delicate with a long evolution in the glass.The botanicals used in this version are Cardomum, Angelica, Lemon, Orange, Sage, Thyme, Chamomile, Penny Royal, Heliotrope, Mint and Verbena. Although offered with tonic at the presentation this is a gin which is satisfying drunk on its own where one can appreciate its smooth passage and individual elements.

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VÍ Vid thoroughly recommends these new gins to the market with their distinct bottles engraved with a street map of the relevant city both of which are available from Vegamar Selección, the bodega´s outlet on Colon and selling at 25€ a bottle.

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