Champagne inspires new expression of Porter’s Gin with apples and pears

Porter's Orchard Gin

Langstane Liquor Company in Aberdeen is to launch a new expression of Porter’s Gin with a flavour profile that pays homage to fine French wine, especially Blanc de Blanc champagne.

Green apples and pears have been cold-distilled and added to a classic juniper-based botanical recipe to imitate champagne’s Chardonnay grape and its intense fruitiness.

To balance this, the team has also used a soybean distillate to give the new Porter’s Orchard gin its notes of butter and biscuit. It is gold-coloured from the addition of a red apple extract.

Due to be launched at the end of September, the new 40% ABV gin is recommended for serving in a G&T garnished with a slice of apple, or for making a classic French 75 cocktail alongside lemon juice, sugar syrup and champagne.

Introduced in 2015, Porter’s Gin is produced at a microdistillery at Orchid bar in Aberdeen, using cold distillation to gently extract flavours from the botanicals while maintaining their fresh, natural flavour.

Botanicals in the original classic Porter’s Gin include pink peppercorn and Buddha’s Hand citrus fruit, but Langstane also produces Porter’s Tropical Old Tom gin which is made with more exotic botanicals such as passion fruit, guava and white tea and slightly sweetened.

Founders Alex Lawrence, Ben Iravani and Josh Rennie last year also launched their own whisky brand, Glasshouse Whisky.

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