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Bottled at 49% ABV, Hrafn Gin Valhalla was created as a gin that can be enjoyed neat over ice or in a gin and tonic. A classic gin flavour profile of herbaceous, piney juniper but with the subtle use of mandarin, which creates a complex but well balanced gin that has a creamy mouthfeel. The use of mandarin as a key botanical along with other classic gin botanicals delivers a gin that’s juniper forward before crackling into a lovely, warming spice that transitions into fresh, intense mandarin that lingers on the finish with subtle undertones of warm spice.
Creamy and smooth in the mouth. The initial taste is classic herbaceous juniper. Then the journey crackles into warming spices and bursts of pepper that eventually completes into a citrus slide of deepening mandarin intensity that lingers on the palate
Long lingering finish of mandarin with prickles of spice
Goes great with:
A twist of lemon peel neat over ice or tonic and ice.
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Brothers Callum and Peter Sim were on a camper van holiday in 2017 that saw them visiting a number of Scottish Distilleries on the West Coast including a visit to Bruichladdich Distillery, home to The Botanist. That night they found themselves sitting under the stars talking about what botanicals would make up their ideal Scottish Gin. As young boys the brothers had been fascinated with Norse mythology, especially the mighty Odin and the story of his two ravens, sitting watchfully over his throne. A plan was literally hatched the next morning and Raven Spirits took flight.
London Dry Gin
London Dry Gin is both a flavour profile and a production method. London Dry Gins tend to follow the traditional, classic flavour of piney juniper, citrus and spice. Alongside juniper, botanicals in London Dry Gin often include orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, citrus peel and coriander, among the core botanicals. The result is a dry gin that features piney juniper along with bursts of citrus and warming spice and earthy, dry notes from use of botanicals such as cassia bark and coriander. Nothing synthetic can be added like flavourings or colours and nothing can be added post distillation apart from water and a tiny amount of sugar meaning all flavours come from distillation.
Brothers Peter and Callum Sim spent over a year developing their ideal flavour combination, developing the recipe and testing small batches. Agreeing to distil themselves on site, they partnered with nearby Deeside Distillery to refine and upscale their signature Hrafn (pronoucned Ra-vn), meaning Raven in Old Norse. The distillery is home to a variety of still types, including a modern iStill and a bespoke Adolf Adrian copper still.