Let your taste buds travel the region the next time you sip on G&T. Singapore Distillery, the latest addition to the Lion City’s craft spirits scene, has launched six exciting gins inspired by Asia’s diverse array of herbs and spices.
Born out of their humble distillery in heartland Ang Mo Kio, the brand’s gins are made in an old-fashioned, custom-designed 500-litre copper still. Made in a similar manner as whisky, the gins offer a smooth and balanced finish thanks to the bulbous head of the copper.
Head distiller Ashwin Sekaran said: “Singapore has always been a melting pot of different cultures, each with their own cuisines, and we thought these unique flavours and ingredients would be perfect for incorporating into gins and other spirits,”
You’ll find six signature gins, with another new gin variant and two different vodkas in the works.
Go back to basics with Singa Gin, a classic London Dry Gin featuring a blend of 13 herbs and spices including juniper, cloves, mandarin orange, Ceylon cinnamon, cassia cinnamon grains of paradise, angelica root, key lime, coriander, orris, cardamom, liquorice, and Sarawak pepper. Balanced and smooth, it’s best enjoyed with tonic or in a cocktail.
For distinctively Asian flavours, go for the Coconut Pandan or the Lime Garden. The former is distilled and vapour infused with fresh coconut hearts, freshly grated coconut and pandan leaves for a fragrant and creamy character. Meanwhile, the latter is distilled with a trio of Southeast Asian limes for citrus-forward flavours.
The Singapore Sling, one of the city-state’s most well-known cocktails, is the inspiration behind the namesake gin. Distilled with the ingredients found in the iconic cocktail, the Singapore Sling Gin combines oranges, cherries, angelica, pineapple and limes for a herbal yet floral gin blend.
Fans of the milky bandung drink will fancy the romantic-sounding Stolen Roses Gin, a blend of roses with traditional gin botanicals that’s naturally sweetened with cane sugar for a satisfying finish.
Finally, there’s the refreshing Kyuri Gin, distilled with fresh Japanese cucumbers and sakura flowers for smooth and bright flavours. In fact, fresh Japanese cucumbers are rested in the base spirit for 24 hours before being distilled.
Shop the gins online or savour them at bars and restaurants including Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, IBHQ, Flying Monkey and Open Farm Community.