Purist Gin is a small but growing gin brand with pure creativity at its heart. The gin distillation method uses a single-shot process and together with some traditional botanicals, they use some rather unique, less traditional botanicals, like Yuzu, which results in a real flavour journey on the palate. The team collaborated with the Purist Art project on the label, which involves working with independent artists, and the team will continue to work with the project on future batches. This combination of quality, art and nuance is something the team really pride themselves on.
The gin development was carried out by 21-year-old distiller Bruce Walker, who launched the brand during the Corona Virus lockdown in a 6 week period as a way of keeping his other business afloat. A delicate balance of Japanese Yuzu, Italian Juniper and Chinese Cassia all go into the classic and unmistakably smooth gin that is called Purist for a reason. The success of the initial small batch has given the team a renewed sense of enthusiasm coming out of lockdown, which means it’s now become Bruce’s primary business and everyone at Purist is very excited to see where they can take the brand and product.
The gin is described as having light orange and cassia spice on the nose, which develops in the mouth to a more rounded classic juniper and coriander with yuzu peel flavours bursting through as it mellows out into a sweet orange aftertaste lingering briefly before the pallet is left refreshed. The distillery uses a single-shot process and almond powder to really mellow out the ethanol and bind it with rich botanicals to provide not only a smooth gin but a very light mouthfeel.
Key Botanical(s): Yuzu, Juniper, Almond, Cassia
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 42% vol
Goes great with: A slice of grapefruit, tonic and ice.