Developer: Destilerías MG.
Alcoholic degree: 40°.
Peculiarities of the elaboration: Although it is a distillate whose paternity is attributed to the Dutch and British, few people know more about gin than Manuel Giró Ribot (1947), who was born almost among the stills of the family distilleries located in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona).
Reasons of a family nature forced him to take charge of the business at age 30, created at the end of the 19th century to make sodas, siphons and fruit syrups, the business was expanded at the beginning of the 20th century by incorporating brandies into its production, anises, rums and muscats that sold in bulk.
It was not until 1940, after the Civil War, when they began the development of MG (the initials of Manuel Giró), which would become the second best-selling gin in Spain. Master's is its high-end London Dry Gin, obtained by triple distillation of grain alcohols.
Main botanicals: Skin of sweet and bitter oranges (previous maceration for 12 months), lemon, juniper berries, cilantro and cardamom.
Tasting notes: A crystalline gin, with steely edges, bright and clean. It is intense on the nose, with the unmistakable aromas of juniper berries and balsamic touches with perfectly integrated alcohol. In the mouth, it is dry but easy to drink, fresh in the step and again dry at the end of the mouth. Powerful and serious in the purest style of the London Dry Gins.
Uses in cocktails:
- Gintonic: Being such a dry gin, we can use any perfumed tonic, for example Fever Tree or any of the Origin's by Schweppes range.
- Other cocktails: Its dry character, again, make it very versatile to mix also with fruit juices in cocktails with explosive taste, like Lady Fruits, very simple to prepare and very refreshing.
- Pour into a shaker with ice 3 cl. of gin, 2 cl. of peach juice, 1.5 cl. of pineapple juice and 0,5 cl. of orange juice.
- Shake the cocktail shaker to mix well and pour it into a martini glass.
- To finish, decorate with half a slice of orange.