“WE ARE JULIAN, LUPO & BASTI – THREE GERMAN GLOBETROTTERS CREATING EXTRA TASTY WINES AND A UNIQUE WINE-BASED CRAFT SPIRIT, INSPIRED BY OUR ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD.”
Doesn’t that just intrigue you? Three gentleman, travelling the world and becoming inspired to create wine and spirits? Where do we sign up!
I’ve recently come across their latest spirit expression, so it only seems right to dive in and explore the reasoning behind the three guys and their brand ‘Birds’. Julian, Lupo and Basti set out to counteract what they see as a over saturated gin industry, and create something never before seen. Combining their love of travelling, they set to create BIRDS, ‘a craft brand dedicated to unite the traveller lifestyle with a spirit that brings together German craftsmanship and exotic flavours from all continents.’
In a different route from gin, BIRDS is distilled from German Riesling wine and flavored with a variety of different botanicals, including;
Orange peel, apple and blackcurrant.
Clove and jungle pepper.
Star anise and liquorice.
Angelica root, cocoa shell and pink pepper berries.
Mace and eucalyptus.
BIRDS is produced within an independent micro distillery located between Berlin and Hamburg, itself surrounded by 450 hektars of apple trees. Here they distill their spirit within a copper pot still by Arnold Holstein in small batches of only 700 bottles. To boot, their 7th generation winery is located at the famous Moselle in the south-west of Germany, producer of the Riesling base.
Their Adventure Edition has been tried and tested, so below, I give you my thoughts –
BIRDS Adventure Edition – 42.2%
Rich aromas of soft mint, eucalyptus, liquorice and blackcurrant upon the nose, flowing nicely onto the palate, with the added kick of the Riesling. Pepper dominates alongside cloves and star anise, but soft cocoa makes an appearance near the end.
A fantastic gin, full of flavour! One that will shine within one of these –
40 ml BIRDS Adventure Spirit
20 ml lime juice
150 ml Ginger beer
Build all the ingredients over cubed ice and within a wine glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
One to have within your drinks cabinet for sure, especially with the spring days coming full force. A delightful tipple that will surprise many!
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