Picture this: Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

It’s no secret: I adore gin.  While some people dedicate their lives and their taste buds to rum — yes, I’m talking ’bout you K — I enjoy a glass of gin now and then.  Not much quenches my thirst or preps my taste buds better than a well-crafted gin & tonic.  (Dare I admit that we have 6 different brands of gin at home.)  In fact, D and I buy gin when and where we can as we can’t easily find our favourite gins in France.

Imagine my wonderful surprise when I came across this Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin at a Nicolas boutique in Metz. Now, I learned last summer during our trip to Madrid that French gins do exist so I immediately snapped up a bottle. I must have been suffering from some kind of mental disorder because I offered this bottle to my brother K for Christmas.

Yes, it must have been a mental disorder because had I known how difficult it would be to find a bottle of this amber-coloured gin I would have bought two…or given K a pair of socks instead.

Despite the fact that D and I keep a fair amount of alcohol at home we rarely venture into a Nicolas boutique.  However, I did use my trips to the market to pop into the Nicolas boutique at Place St François to see if they had this gin that I was dying to taste.  No luck.  Le monsieur in the store had no idea what I was talking about.  Bah!

As fate would have it D had business just outside of Metz which meant that I was able to spend the afternoon in town. My last stop that afternoon was the Nicolas boutique.  And guess what?  They only had one bottle left.  Le monsieur told me that it is very difficult to get this Gabriel Boudier gin as it is made in small batches.  And not every Nicolas boutique carries it.

Did it live up to my expectations?  Yes.  It is different from the traditional London dry gin.  The saffron gives it a little spiciness but it’s the kick of orange peel and the ubiquitous juniper that reminds you that this, indeed, is gin.

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5 Comments on “Picture this: Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin”

  1. May 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM #

    I love gin too, Tanya. With tonic, a martini, in a Bloody Mary. This sounds wonderful and I’ll check Nicolas here in Aix. Have you tried Hendricks gin. Has a taste of cucumber and it’s perfect with tonic and a slice of cuc. Bottoms up, baby!

    • May 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM #

      Do check as this saffron gin is worth a try.
      Have I tried Hendricks? If only you knew… First, I love cukes so I do have a little bit o’ love for a G&T made with Hendricks with a slice or two of cucumber as a garnish. So refreshing!

  2. wintersundays
    May 17, 2012 at 2:59 PM #

    Wonderful post! Reminds me I recently came across a recipe (for of all things!) Gin and Tonic Cake: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/05/gin-and-tonic-cake/

    I am in K’s camp as I loooove rum. LOL.

    • May 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM #

      Yes, I saw that recipe too and I quickly saved it to my computer. I haven’t made it…yet!
      I’ll let you in on a little secret: I looooooove rum too! Cheers.

  3. wintersundays
    May 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM #

    Sweet! I have been toying with the idea of a rum and coke cake. My sister makes amazing rum and coke cupcakes so I know it’s possible. Cheers!

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