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.