Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
Every so often you try a new gin and you are blown away. Uncle Val’s is one of those.
The story of Uncle Val’s begins in Italy with Zio Valerio, a physician who had a passion for gardening. He adored the Tuscan countryside and was also a keen cook, growing his own ingredients.
From Italy to Oregon – Zio’s great nephew, August Sebastiani works for 3 Badge Beverage Mixology company, who have a portfolio of premium craft spirits and mixers. The rise of the gin market, combined with the wish to honour Zio Valerio, (Uncle Val) led them to create their own gin.
The team focused on Uncle Val’s favourite herbs and ingredients: juniper, lemon, cucumber, sage and lavender. Tuscany is renown for its juniper, but fortuitously so is Oregon. The distillery is situated in one of the largest juniper forests in the world.
The team at 3 Badge distil their own base spirit using 100% American corn and then infuse the botanicals via cold-compounding.
Depending on the botanical, a mixture of fresh and dried variants will be used. A closely-guarded methodology determines which order the botanicals are placed to steep and for how long.
The bottle was inspired by 18th and 19th century bitters bottles and chosen to draw on Uncle Val’s medical background, (and that of gin’s history). The label is deliberately reminiscent of the old world and features a Roman coin with a depiction of Uncle Val himself.
Aromas: Rich, sumptuous and succulent orange, black pepper and juniper. Quite tingly - bold, but not hot. A hint of caraway and lemon verbena in the background. Intriguing and enticing.
Palate: Gentle, yet rich. A tiny bit oily. A round, full juniper profile with a touch of lavender and black pepper. Floral spice is just the right side of perfumed. A peppery rather than hot finish.
With Tonic: Bright, lifted meadowsweet, fresh citrus hay and lemon verbena. Amazingly aromatic and evocative of an Italian country garden. Soft, sweet and succulent on the palate. Gentle orange, juniper, coriander, clove, thyme... A brilliant weight and mouthfeel with a refreshing lingering herbal finish.
I really love Uncle Val’s gin. The quality and depth of flavour is incredible. The only little qualm I have is that the bottles are produced in Italy – there must surely be a producer somewhere in the whole of America which could reduce the environmental impact a little…
Imported by: Artisan Spirits Company