Now available in Singapore thanks to the folks at Malt & Wine Asia, Ferdinand’s Gin comes craft-distilled and hand-bottled at the fifth-generation Avadis Distillery in the spectacular Saar-Mosel region of Western Germany. But here’s where the story gets a bit more fascinating: the gin, which only began production in 2013, is a collaborative effort between three different families. Just as the tri-border region of Germany combines to create its own unique culture, two brothers Denis Reinhardt and Erik Wimmers started a collaboration with their friends Andreas Vallendar of the 200-year-old Avadis Distillery, and Dorothee Zilliken of the 300-year-old Zilliken Estate winery.
Zilliken was previously honoured as Germany’s best winemakers of 2016, and continues to be one of the top three Riesling estates worldwide. It is their same distinctive and highly aromatic Riesling that lies at the heart of Ferdinand’s spirits, lending its fruity flourish to the gin. Masterfully distilled by Andreas Vallendar with over 30 botanicals from the region, the brand currently has four expressions in its range:
Saar Dry Gin
The Saar Dry Gin is Ferdinand’s core expression, and is deeply associated with the region’s classic ingredients and the long history of the Saar-Mosel region. Made from a wide array of homegrown and regional botanicals, the selection includes sandalwood, ginger, fennel, sour orange, apple mint, sloe, quince, lemon verbena, and of course, Riesling grapes.
Saar Dry Gin Cask Strength
The Cask Strength bottling comes in at a devilish 66.6%, yet somehow manages to balance the potency with the fruity and floral character of the signature Dry Gin. In fact, the high alcohol content emphasises the aroma notes of juniper, lemon thyme and lavender, and makes for an extraordinary Dry Martini.
Saar Dry Gin – GOLDCAP
Only the richest heads of the distillate are collected and used for the outstanding Saar Dry GOLDCAP, and we say it’s worth every dollar. As for the infusion, we’re talking the best from the Geltz-Zilliken winery, such as the Goldkapsel Auslese from 2005. A few special botanicals are added to the maceration as well: vanilla pods, cocoa beans, mirabelle plums from the owners’ garden, and dried Riesling grapes. 97 points on the Robert Parker scale has to mean something, right?
This is a unique take inspired by Sloe gin, and we gotta say, what a lovely golden hue. Made with fresh quince grown right behind the distillery with a touch of sweetening, it comes across as a fruity contemporary gin right away. Hints of rose, fruit, and vanilla on the nose give way to a tart and thick quince palate. Smooth and easy to drink, this is an intriguing substitute for sloes. Mix this with premium tonic water for a tasty aperitivo.