The Idea behind LIBRARY Gin...
GIN ARCHIVES - Volume 1
The central theme to LIBRARY as a venue is from darkness into light and back . The idea of a changing landscape to suit moods, times and create unique moments was our inspiration and central theme - creating the spirit of our Gin. The idea of transformation and the concept of a journey...
So we based our Gin on the book - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. The book's main theme is about finding one's destiny - phrased in the book as PERSONAL LEGEND. As the old king tells Santiago in the book, "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true.
Working with Gin Foundry to create the Gin, we themed the gin upon the narrative of discovering a Personal Legend and finding something that is unique to each person. The concept of a journey and not just a destination or end encapsulating LIBRARY - a place of transformation and discovery.
Gin Archives - Volume 1 is a metaphor for an ongoing journey of discovery and new experiences.
Alchemy as a general point in the early days of Alchemists and early distillation was as much about the ritual of making something transform as the transformation itself - so on a wider cultural level - a transformative cocktail and a gin that is based on a journey is incredibly fitting.
Botanicals and flavour:
Top note and aroma: Orange blossom, thyme and warming juniper.
Why: Citrus, sweetness and a touch of herbal notes will give it a light, fragrant start. Like the character's home (Santiago is a Andalusian Shepard) - these would be abundant in the air on a summer stroll.
Heart - Resinous Juniper. Coriander seed and Angelica. A mix of fresh Valencia Oranges and Bitter dried Seville oranges. A touch of black cardamom to bring in some deep smokey spice but also, that eucalyptol like flavour. Cassia bark adds length and depth to the heart.
Why: It's ginny but something that is both resinous and woody with deep orange notes will compliment the nose well. It delivers a huge fragrant whack when tasting the gin.
Base - Tonka Bean and Cubeb berries.
Why: Tonka Beans have a sweet almost vanilla like flavour and a base tone like aroma. Thyme adds some sweetness and delicate exotic warmth to the mix. Cubeb berries bring in the black pepper finish but without the piquancy as well as bright fragrant violet. The character travels across Spain and North Africa.
Total = 11 Botanicals