A London Dry Gin in the heart of Tuscany

A passion for Tuscany and a passion for good Gin. These two concepts might seem to have nothing in common to those who are not experts in this particular spirit, because few people know that the very best juniper in the world, used in fact to produce many high quality Gins, actually comes from Tuscany. Here, in Teccognano, near Cortona in the province of Arezzo, the Sabatinis, a family deeply attached to this corner of the world, have decided to strengthen this bond by making their Gin even more Tuscan. They have done this by not only using fine Tuscan juniper, but also a whole series of other botanicals, grown mainly on the family’s own land and in the surrounding area, creating an excellent London Dry Gin that embodies the scents and images of the Tuscan hills.

Nine botanicals for a special Gin

An excellent Gin requires constant testing, a careful combination of flavours and choice of various home-grown botanicals.

There are precisely nine Tuscan botanicals in SABATINI GIN: juniper, coriander, iris, fennel, lavender, olive leaves, thyme, verbena and sage. The goal is to create a traditional London Dry Gin uniquely expressing the inimitable scent of Tuscany and its hillsides.

A family tradition

The Sabatini family’s passion for the world of spirits began to take form at the beginning of the last century, with Guglielmo Giacosa, Ugo Sabatini’s maternal grandfather. Born at the end of the nineteenth century in Alba, a famous winemaking area in the region in Piedmont in northern Italy, Guglielmo got a degree in enology and Cinzano sent him to Bolivia to manage their local factory there and begin producing their world-famous vermouth, thus making him one of very few people to know its recipe. He was subsequently transferred to the Australian branch of Cinzano, in Melbourne. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he faced an adventurous journey back to Italy to sign up for the army, but was captured en route and detained in a prisoner-of-war camp in Australia, together with his wife and children. At the end of the war he was released and returned to Melbourne, where he was hired by one of the most important Australian wine companies, Wynns & Co, for which he created a line of Italian products named Boronia, including vermouth and marsala. Having returned to Italy in the mid sixties, Guglielmo Giacosa passed away in Alba in 1973.

The Drink

Available SKU size: 700ml

  • Sabatini Gin is made by the eponymous Italian family at Thames Distillers in London. A London Dry Gin made with nine Tuscan botanicals, this is an English gin with an Italian heart. The botanicals are juniper, coriander, iris, wild fennel, lavender, olive leaves, thyme, lemon verbena and sage – a superb G&T gin.

  • Richly herbaceous – the thyme and sage standing out in the crowd. Most definitely a savoury expression, though a touch of lavender gives it a hint of sweetness.
  • 41.3%
  • 70cl

Recipes

Lemon Tini

Ingredients
45ml of Sabatini
30ml lemon juice
15ml pear distillate
20ml Oleo Saccharum Italian Prosecco
Tyhme


Method
1. Shake 45 ml of Sabatini Gin
2. Add 30 ml of lemon juice, 15 ml of pear distillate, 20 ml of Oleo Saccharum
3. Pour into a flûte and complete with cool Italian Prosecco. A sprig of thyme and cheers!

Spicy Mary

Ingredients
40ml of Sabatini
60ml spicy tomato juice
Basil


Method
1. Blend 60 ml of Spicy tomato juice and 40 ml of Sabatini Gin
2. Strain in a glass with ice and garnish with basil leaf

Saba Tonic

Ingredients
50ml of Sabatini
40ml Dry Tonic
Thyme
Lemon Zest


Method
1. 50 ml of Sabatini Gin
2. Add 40ml of Dry tonic
3. Top with one fresh sprig of thyme or one lemon zest.

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