Santamanía Reserva Gin - 70cl - 41% ABV
Created by Javier Domínguez, Ramón Morillo and Victor Fraile, SANTAMANÍA was launched in July 2014. Made with a blend of traditional and progressive attitudes towards what both distilling in Spain and Spanish gin can be, the result is a unique distillery and a peculiar but delightful gin which places authenticity above industrialisation.
SANTAMANÍA Reserva Gin -
Matured in French Oak casks and then bottled at 41% ABV, the gin takes on an amber colour as well as a strong aroma. It’s a very different proposition to the original gin. The nose has gone from fresh floral and jammy to more subdued and sweet. Raspberries are still apparent but are less of a feature, with liquorice root, nuts and ginger instead holding strong.
To taste – the overall mouthfeel is soft and rounded. Gone are the vibrant berry notes, which have been replaced with more nuanced spices. The finish is smoother and the depth of flavour lingers much longer. Clichés around ageing aside, RESERVA feels more grown up. As fans of barrel aged gins, we’re easily swayed towards the vanilins and tannins that are leeched from casks and even though in this case the flavour is subtle, they are clearly discernible here. An impressive specimen.