Tried this superb gin in Finland. It’s a small-batch rye gin from the Kyrö Distillery Company in Isokyrö. This was set up by a group of five friends (Miika, Miko, Mikka, Kalle and Jouni), and originally focused on producing Finland’s first rye whisky (naturally, being Finland, they conceived the idea in a sauna). They set up a distillery in a former cheese factory, and then once they’d had some success with whisky they set their sights on gin. And this has been tremendously well received, winning a trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
This is made with 16 botanicals, including meadowsweet, sea buckthorn, cranberries and birch leaves, giving a distinct Finnish twist. It’s brilliant stuff.
Napue Gin, Finland
Amazing aromatics: powerful, exotic, herbal and spicy with some green notes. Spice and juniper work nicely in tandem. This is edgy and powerful with notes of pepper, aniseed and nuts. Remarkable depth of flavour. 9/10