While I was in Franschhoek, Rob Armstrong of Haut Espoir introduced me to two gins, both from local producer Inverroche. Included in the list of botanicals is wild Cape fynbos. They were quite lovely.
Inverroche Amber Gin
Gold/amber colour. Lovely spicy, tangy, pithy notes with marmalade and mint. Some oily, spicy notes, too. This has a big contribution from Buchu and Helichrysiums – distinctive fynbos that add a lot of character. I like the oily, spicy notes and the slight medicinal edge. 8.5/10
Inverroche Verdant Gin
So pretty and lovely. Fine, expressive, spicy and vivid with some sweet floral notes and a bit of juniper and aniseed. So lovely. 8.5/10