Porters Gin is a new gin from Aberdeen Scotland. It is the brainchild of three drinks industry professionals, Ben Iravani, Josh Rennie and Alex Lawrence who are based at Orchid cocktail bar in Aberdeen. It is a modern gin made using a fusion of new and old distillation techniques.
Apparently Ben, Josh and Alex had been toying with producing their own gin for a number of years. What sets Porters Gin apart from most of its competitors is the use of cold distillation. In partnership with Professor Andrew Porter of Aberdeen University they came up with the idea of using a rotary evaporator to cold distill some of the botanicals (yes, the gin is names after Professor Porter). Essentially a rotary evaporator allows distillation to carried out in a vacuum or very low pressure. Those of you who remember their school chemistry lessons will remember that liquid effectively reach boiling point and evaporate at much lower temperatures in a vacuum. Thus the flavours and aromas (essential oils) of more delicate botanicals can be gently extracted using this process which would perhaps be damaged or denatured using a traditional (hot distillation). With interest in molecular gastronomy growing, rotary evaporators have been found in professional kitchens for a number of years where they are used to produce extracts and distillates. There are also other gin producers that use them including Oxley, Hepple and Sacred Hill amongst others.
There are 12 ethically sourced botanicals used in Porters Gin: Juniper, angelica, almond, coriander, liquorice, lemon, orange, buddha’s hand (rare Asian citrus fruit), pink peppercorn, orris root, cassia bark and cinnamon. The traditional distillation takes place at G&J Distillers (established 1771, producers of Greenall’s Gin), who are based in Warrington. The main botanicals are distilled here in copper pot still using 100% British wheat spirit. After this the gin is taken to Porters Gin’s new microdistillery in Aberdeen where it is blended with the cold distillation components (pink peppercorn, cassia and Buddha’s Hand). The resulting gin is bottled at 41.5% abv.
Porters Gin is a pure and clean, juniper led gin with a unique citrus character from the rather unusual Buddha’s Hand.