Crafted by homegrown Singapore Distillery, these six new gins celebrate the diversity of Asian herbs and spices.
Born out of the idea of infusing alcohol with the many herbs and spices found in Asia, which head distiller Ashwin Sekaran believes to be the region’s greatest resources, Singapore Distillery has been fine-tuning their concoctions for the past three years in their Ang Mo Kio-based distillery. The result are six gins that explore the heritage and significance of Southeast and East Asian flavours.
The ubiquitous Singapore Sling has, of course, a spot on the distillery’s gin line-up. Theirs is infused with a blend of oranges, cherries, pineapple, limes and the additional angelica herbs for a slight kick of bitter. Bandung, a popular Southeast Asian drink that consists of evaporated milk and rose syrup, gets its own tribute with the Stolen Roses Gin. Distilled with a blend of roses, the gin is lightly sweetened with cane sugar for a mild, floral finish.
Coconut Pandan Gin and Lime Garden Gin, as their names suggest, are both distilled with ingredients native to Southeast Asia. The former is infused with fresh coconut hearts, freshly grated coconut and pandan leaves to create a warm, tropical blend. While the Lime Garden Gin is a punchy citrus genever made with a trio of Southeast Asian limes: limau kasturi or calamansi, limau napis or key lime, and limau purut or kaffir lime.
Influenced by the range of herbs and spices that go into creating Southeast Asian dishes, the Singa Gin combines 13 herbs and spices including Ceylon cinnamon, Sarawak pepper and cardamom for a spicy gin that can be enjoyed neat or in tonic. Lastly, venturing northeast, the sixth gin in the lineup is the mild-flavoured Kyuri Gin, distilled with Japanese cucumbers and sakura blossoms.
Singapore Distillery’s gins are available for purchase on their website in 50ml samples, 750ml bottles or a sampler pack. The gins are also available in bars and restaurants across Singapore including Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall and Open Farm Community.