What makes Xoriguer Mahon Gin so special?
Mahon gin from Minorca is now the only other gin on earth, after Plymouth Gin, that is both a brand and a proprietary style protected geographically. Mahon’s distilled spirit is grape based, which puts it in very small company for a gin. It’s rested in American oak before release, which makes it still more rare and unique in the gin category. Lonely Planet has named a visit to the Xoriguer Distillery as one of the top things to do if you’re ever visiting Mahon.
The Mediterranean Island of Minorca was once a property of the British Empire and served as a major naval port. Mahon has an enormous natural harbor. The British Navy made it a capital and brought with them a taste for gin. The locals used imported juniper along with a ready supply of nearby vineyards to create their own style of gin.
Fun Fact: Minorca is the first part of Spain to see the sun rise every day and has a huge amount of pristine beaches, should you visit.
Stylistically, it is very delicate (at only 38% ABV) with a floral citrus forward tone. That citrus tone, enhanced by the regional preference of mixing Mahon gin into a cocktail called a Pomada with lemonade made from locally grown lemons.
El Molino Cocktail
2 parts Xoriguer Mahon Gin
1 part Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic bitters
2 dashes Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
1 bar spoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1 large ice-cube
1 lemon peel
In a stirring vessel, combine all liquid ingredients. Add ice and stir until well chilled. Strain over a large piece of ice and express oil from lemon peel over top. Garnish with peel, sip and possibly read some Buzzfeed