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Mermaid Gin

The modern version of the little mermaid

Sixteen-year-old mermaid Ariel is dissatisfied with underwater life in the kingdom of Atlantica, a fantasy kingdom in the Atlantic Ocean. She is fascinated by the human world. One night, Ariel travel to the ocean surface to watch a birthday celebration for Prince Eric on a ship. Ariel falls in love with Eric. A violent storm arrives, wrecking the ship, and knocking Eric overboard. Ariel rescues Eric and brings him to shore. She sings to him but leaves just as he regains consciousness to avoid being discovered. Fascinated by the memory of her voice, Eric vows to find the girl who saved and sang to him, and Ariel vows to find a way to join him in his world.


Ursula (The sea witch) makes a deal with Ariel to transform her into a human for three days in exchange for Ariel's voice, which Ursula puts in a nautilus shell. Within these three days, Ariel must receive the "kiss of true love" from Eric. If Ariel gets Eric to kiss her, she will remain a human permanently. Otherwise, she will transform back into a mermaid and belong to Ursula. After a long hard battle with Ursula, Triton (The king of the ocean) willingly changes Ariel from a mermaid into a human permanently and approves her marriage to Eric. Ariel and Eric marry on a ship and depart.

The inspiration

The modern little mermaid was strong and independed giving all she can to fulfil her dreams. Nothing comes easy but if you are a believer and you stand-up for you right as an individual you will have good chance to succeed.


This is the inspiration behind this gin, and therefore we made it with Navy strength 58,2% same as the latitude coordinated from Kuressaare on the island Saaremaa.


The Hope Distillery use scientific techniques to make sure that the gin quality is very high. As an example, the majority essential Oils in the juniper are tested after distillation (monoterpenes alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, myrcene, limonene, and sabinene). We are using way over average of the Juniper in each distillation to bring over these important essential oils. You will see that if you add a little water in our gin, then it will give a little bit foggy look, which indicate that it is very high quality. Also, you might see a little oil on your glass. This is very normal in high quality gin.


Scientific techniques do not make a good gin, but it makes sure that part of the process is high quality. It still takes a good nose and master distiller blending skills to make high premium gin quality. The Hope Distillery master distiller has his distiller educated from London and a good small batch copper distillery is used during the processes. In GINDOME only the very best is used, the heart.


In GINDOME gin both local and international botanicals are used. In the little mermaid gin, the local botanicals are Juniper, Sea Buckthorn and Chaga. Chaga might be unknow to many people. It is mushroom rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In gin it gives a light vanilla tone which goes well together with the other local picked botanical, Sea Buckthorn berries.


While we're big fans of a perfectly poured gin and tonic, as a small batch gin brand we are often asked if you can drink the gin neat. ... The answer is yes – The Little Mermaid gin is a great sipping spirit!

If you prefer a gin and tonic, we recommend this order:

  1. Get the glass as cold as possible.
  2. Add lots and lots of ice.
  3. Add your Little Mermaid gin. 1/3
  4. Top with your tonic of choice 2/3 (goes nicely with Indian and Mediterranean Tonic)
  5. Give it a gentle stir.
  6. Top with the garnish of your choice. (Dried Lemon slices as example)
  7. Enjoy (and consider a repeat)


The Story behind Navy gin

Gin, like rum, has a long association with the British Royal Navy. While the sailors were given rum rations as part of their wages, gin was strictly for the officers.


During the Napoleonic wars, vice admiral Horatio Lord Nelson ordered barrels of Plymouth gin for hos officers. However, there were concerns that spilt gin could rend gunpower impossible to light, so the founder of Plymouth gin, Thomas Coates, created Navy Strength gin, strong enough to pass the British Royal Navy's proof test. This involved soaking grains of gunpowder in alcohol. If the alcohol still lit this was "proof" that it was above 57% ABV, and it was allowed on board the ship. By the mid-18th century, Plymouth Distillery was supplying 1.000 barrels Navy Strength per year to the Royal Navy!




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