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Citadelle continues to crank out new gin variations, its most up-to-date being the brand new Jardin d’ete, a everlasting addition to the French firm’s lineup. Per the corporate, “Impressed by a French backyard cultivated by Debbie Gabriel, spouse of Citadelle Founder Alexandre Gabriel, Jardin d’été is made with melon flesh, complete lemon, yuzu zest and extra orange peel, along with the 19 botanicals used to make Citadelle Original.”
Right here’s the total botanical lineup: “complete lemon, melon flesh, and yuzu zest along with extra orange peel (that is additionally a botanical in Citadelle Authentic), plus juniper berries, lemon zest, cardamom, cubeb, coriander, nutmeg, Sichuan pepper, cinnamon, cassia, licorice, angelica, iris, almonds, fennel, cumin, star anise, savory and violet.”
The gin is designed particularly to be brilliant, summery, and recent, and Jardin d’ete succeeds amicably on that entrance. The nostril is a bit boozy at first blush, nevertheless it settles down to offer the ground to among the extra distinctive botanicals within the combine, particularly melon, which takes on a giant honeydew notice right here. Juniper is gentle, punctuated with a contact of citrus and a grind of pepper, which right here feels only a bit misplaced.
On the palate, melon is once more punchy, a mixture of spices muddled into the expertise. There’s extra conventional juniper right here, plus a dried floral notice that comes throughout akin to lavender, however with a contact of basil in tow. Fennel and anise notes inform the licorice-whipped end, maybe overdoing it a tad. Happily there’s loads of fruit within the type of extra melon and ample, brilliant, and lemony citrus — yuzu-driven, definitely — to maintain issues full of life. It’s great things for a tall drink (not a martini), particularly while you aren’t on the lookout for an overproof wallop of a cocktail to kick you within the enamel.