The use of Calvados has been developing in cocktail bars for a few years now. This has made Guillaume Drouin discover a new universe as well as spirits that he had but seldom tasted before. The world of Gin with its complexity and its almost infinite possibilities has made him eager to know more.
How is Gin produced? What are the criteria used to fix the worth of its quality? How can one create balance in a spirit made of such different, sometimes even antagonistic flavors? And, last but not least, could he manage to produce a great Gin based on the apples of his orchards, a Gin that he would be proud of signing with his name?
Christian Drouin Gin is based on a neutral spirit aromatised with distilled apple cider. The distillate comes from more than 30 different cider apple varieties. Bitter, bitter-sweet, sweet and tart varieties are all represented, forming a rich, complex aromatic palette. In the autumn the apples are grated and pressed. The must obtained ferments slowly during the cold winter months and is then double-distilled in small copper pot stills the following year. The cider spirit obtained in this way gives Christian Drouin Gin its roundness and delicacy, and also its crispness Cider spirit is well known for its digestive properties.
Based on its experience for aging Eau de Vie, the Drouin family has decided to age a limited volume of its Gin.
A few former calvados casks of 225 liters have been selected to age Le Gin de Christian Drouin.
After 6 months in the casks, "Le Gin de Christian Drouin calvados cask finish" is rounder, more complexe, with even more obvious apple flavors.
Christian Drouin Gin is prepared like any great blended spirit. The perfect proportions of each ingredient, its balance,
its elegance and its complexity allow it to be drunk straight or with ice. This is without doubt the best way to appreciate the subtlety and delicacy of its savours.