- Food & Drink
Xoriguer Mahon Gin
The weather has finally turned cold. Even in London we’re huddling closer together, gloves and scarves deployed like wooly barriers in case anyone mistakes our shivering proximity for an unLondon overture of friendship.
When the weather turns like this, I like to parade around the garden in a bikini, demonstrating that all those months spent acquiring layers of subcutaneous fat have left me impervious to sudden drops in temperature. But this is fairly normal in my street. I live next to a bunch of Brazilians and they rarely get dressed.
The key differences between me and the Brazilians, however, are:
1) they look good in their swimmers, and
2) they aren’t drunk on Spanish gin when they strap on their Speedos.
If you’re suffering from the gloom of the dark nights, nippy winds and crunchy, frosty mornings, throw off your woolies, turn up the heating and pour yourself a big glass of Spanish happiness, courtesy of Xoriguer Mahon Gin.
Day or night gin? It’s 38% so it’s suitable for day drinking, but the days are so short now you’ll have to start early in order to fit a few glasses in.
What does it smell of? Love, romance, cheeky siesta sex in the afternoon, Copydex… I’m joking. It doesn’t smell of the first three things at all – those are good things and gin never smells of good things. It does smell a little of fish glue and nail varnish, but it mostly smells like roses.
How does it taste? Wonderful. Delicate lemon at the start, deep, warm spices in the middle and then it tries to rip your throat apart at the end, just like a good gin should. Juniper, liquorice, angelica – it’s a complex, aromatic gin that’s good with soda or tonic. Don’t make it into martinis, it’s too interesting.
Buy it? Yes. I bought my first bottle of Xoriguer (pronounced ‘sho-ri-gair’, apparently, although I find emphatically shouting ‘not Larios’ works just as well) when I was 18 and whenever I go to Spain, I always seek it out. In the UK, it’s available online at thedrinkshop and drinkon, priced £19-21. If you’re in London, then the always satisfying Gerry’s on Old Compton Street stocks it, priced £21.