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Mermaid Navy gin

"Spirit of Legends"

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Once upon a time far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass. The sea is deep and there is a Sea Kingdom at a very bottom of the sea. A sixteen-year-old mermaid Ariel is the princess of the Sea Kingdom. She is dissatisfied with the life in the Sea Kingdom. She is fascinated by the human world. One night, Ariel travels to the ocean surface to watch a birthday celebration for Prince Eric on a ship. Ariel falls in love with Eric. A violent storm arrived, wrecked the ship, and knocks Eric overboard. Ariel rescues Eric and brings him to the shore. She sings to him but leaves just as he regains consciousness. Fascinated by the memory of her voice, Eric vows to find the girl who saved and sang to him. 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 of Ariel's voice, which Ursula puts into a nautilus shell. Within these three days, Ariel must receive the "kiss of true love" from Eric. If Eric kisses Ariel, she will permanently remain as a human. Otherwise, she will transform back into a mermaid and belong to Ursula. After a long and hard battle with Ursula and Triton (The king of the ocean) Ariel changes into a human. Ariel and Eric get married on a ship and they sail away.  

The inspiration

Nowadays the modern little mermaid is a strong and independent woman 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 coordinate of the city Kuressaare in Saaremaa.

The Hope Distillery use scientific techniques to make sure that the gin’s 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! 

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 unknown to many people. It is a mushroom rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In the gin, it gives a light vanilla tone, which goes well together with the other local picked botanical, Sea Buckthorn berries. 

While I am a big fans of a perfectly poured gin and tonic, as the gin maker I am often asked if I have a special cocktail for this Navy gin. It can be used in many kinds of cocktails, but here is my signature cocktail, I call it:

Mermaid Blast

This gin is a celebration to all strong women. It can blow you away with its navy strength, just like the modern woman can. Stand up for you rights and let's enjoy a more equal world.

Ingrediencies:

  • Ice
  • Gindome Mermaid Navy Gin, 5 cl
  • grapefruit juice, 10 cl
  • Campari, 2 cl

Add Gindome Mermaid Navy gin , grapefruit juice and Campari to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

Garnish:

Dried grapefruit/grapefruit peel or a slice of fresh grapefruit. 1 sprig rosemary. To make it a salty London Dog, salt the rim of your glasses before you pour in the gin and grapefruit juice mixture. Add some Sea buckthorn (Mostly for the look)

    Our master distiller have made some cocktail suggestion for the Dry, but they fit perfect for the Navy strength as well. Check it out here...

    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 his officers. However, there were concerns that spilt gin could rend gunpowder 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 an alcohol. If the alcohol still lit this was a "proof" that it was above 57% ABV, and it was allowed on board of 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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