The Sea in a Glass: Discovering the Revolutionary and Fascinating Gin Primo al Sale di Cervia
We have already talked about Gin Primo, the first Romagna gin flavored with Cervia salt, in our article about the best gins and tonic waters for Gin & Tonic, but we had to go deeper into the subject.
Gin Primo al Sale di Cervia is in many ways an atypical, revolutionary, and unsettling distillate; in others, it is one of the clearest, most crystalline, and most fascinating gins we have ever tasted.
Let’s take into consideration the botanicals with which Gin Primo is flavored: lavender, erba lugia, santolina cenere, and obviously, salt.
At first taste, the salt is dominant; it defines the structure and the whole aromatic picture, but it is a meditation gin that must be tasted over and over again, even if only to get the palate used to it. And if it is true that salt is tough, it is only the first step to reaching great heights of gustatory pleasure, because salt is the skeleton, after which all the flavors are grafted onto the salt. Indeed, we could say that botanicals are born from saline soil, and thus they are branded.
But in the end, is this Gin Primo with Cervia Salt good?
Much, it is not a gin that everyone will like, but like all pedigree gins, it comes from fascinating aesthetic research. It is not a classic ethereal and resinous gin; yes, it is full-bodied and powerful, but there is the call of the sea inside; it has a particular soul that has the flavor of the waves crashing on the rocks. However, it is a great distillate, a courageous and decisive product that does not wink; it is not a pimp, but the beauty is that it starts from a terroir. Speech was always limited to wine, but today it also extends to distillates. Islay whiskeys like Caol Ila have the sea inside, Monkey 47 has the black forest, Caorunn has the flavors of the Scottish hills, and Death’s Door has its own unique taste because of the grain they grow and then distill.
The Renaissance has already been underway for years, and we are finally starting to see real works of art. Because Gin Primo is a handmade product with a tailored cut, it is not produced in millions of bottles, on the contrary.
What cocktails to make with Gin Primo
But let’s get to the final point: Gin Primo is a gin that must be mixed. Ok, smooth isn’t bad, but it was born with the intention of making your cocktails unique with its crazy flavor. So which cocktails to make? First of all, the Gin Tonic with a soft and fragrant tonic like Indi & Co., even the one with elderberry, is not bad at all. But then also make cocktails with classic juices such as Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, Martini Dry, Tuxedo, Singapore Sling, Ramos Gin Fizz, Gimlet, Bramble, Paradise, and Bronx. Citrus fruits and salt blend together and push toward aromatic peaks in a fabulous game of contrasts.
The Gin Primo bouquet
Pungent and mineral nose with iodine, lavender, citrus fruits, pepper. The resinous charm of gin and the subtle aromas of aromatic herbs bind everything together.Of crystalline beauty.
The flavor of Gin Primo
Salty, warm, and spicy mouth, but clear, without hesitation or redundancy. After the first iodized assault, it opens into more delicate flavors as the direct fruit, based on ginger and oranges, slowly emerges from the waves. Overall, the balance is good; it is not gin-painted or lost but goes straight to the point in an unstoppable crescendo. Very long finish; persistence for 5 minutes and beyond.