Quality boutique gin is sweeping the states, so it makes sense that France’s famous micro-distiller (Gabriel Boudier of Dijon) has given us an artisanal Saffron Infused Gin. The gin is based on an old French colonial recipe, centered around the spices of India, and handcrafted in small batches that utilize an old pot still method.
The first thing you notice is the golden orange color. I’d imagine they’d like you to think that comes from the saffron infusion, however after further inspection you’ll notice that the ingredients include certified color and FD&C Yellow #5. This is a bummer, but I powered through it as I’m on a mission to try all gins known to man. But yeah, negative points for that one, Gab. The upfront smell is of juniper, naturally. The sip test revealed a spicy saffron and almost a sweet honey taste. You’ll also notice a hint of fennel, coriander and orange peel. It’s definitely a drier gin. Very crisp and clean. Officially the botanical heavy recipe includes saffron, juniper, coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, iris and fennel.
So maybe I was a bit hard on this gin. It’s pleasant and I think the color could be leveraged nicely in some presentations. You can definitely taste the saffron, which gives it a very unique taste.
Sells for around $30 a bottle.
Note: Gabrial Boudier of Dijon also makes a fantastic creme de cassis.