+ How is Rose Gin distilled?
Our Rose Gin is made in a very traditional manner ( some call it ‘London dry Gin’ style) . It is distilled in Copper Alembic Stills. Essentially you heat up a giant pot of special ‘soup’, which contains exact amounts of botanicals and alcohol, as this mixture heats up, the alcohol and flavours evaporate, they then make their way to the condenser, where this heady cloud condenses and returns to it’s liquid state. Once you remove or ‘cut’ the ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ ( the first and last part of the distillate – usually associated with unpleasant flavours) you are left with the ‘heart’ of the spirit… the best, smoothest, most flavourful part of the distillation… the part that becomes Rose Gin.
+ Where is your Rose Gin Made?
Our Rose Gin is Distilled in Penzance on the Cornish Coast.
+ What does Rose Gin taste like?
Rose Gin has a completely unique flavour profile. It is a London dry style gin, light and delicate, with a hint of citrus. Juniper and Coriander are the key ‘Gin’ tasting notes that provide a gentle depth and warmth. Yet the secret lies in our main ingredient – our fresh, organic, David Austin Rose petals. Unlike it’s all too often portrayed caricature , the true flavor of a rose is light, subtle, dry and beguiling. Our Rose Gin is an ethereal stroll through an English garden in bloom – it is a childhood spent amongst the flowers.
+ What ingredients are in Rose Gin?
Really! You know you can't ask us that!! Actually the secret is very simple. We only use the finest, fully certified organic ingredients for our gin - you know - the usual suspects - juniper, coriander, angelica, orris, lemon and orange peel - and the real secret is simply the variety and closely guarded secret blend of David Austin rose petals. They are grown in the south west of England by our friend Jan at Maddocks farm, and they are seasonal. They change with the nuances of our English weather and they are delicate - which is why we had to be really careful with our other botanicals - to ensure we did not over power our star of the show!
+ How should I serve my Rose Gin?
We like our gin simple and clean. So, we would suggest you try our classic –‘TINK AND TONIC’ – It all starts with the glass, we love our Rose Gin served in a heavy, cut glass tumbler then a good 30ml slug of Rose Gin poured over plenty of ice, a slice of fresh pear or a ribbon and twist of un-waxed lemon rind, a solid splash of a quality tonic, like original Fever Tree (we tend to steer away from low carb, low sugar or flavoured tonics) and you’re set. Simple, clean and beautiful… Easy!
+ Is Rose Gin gluten free?
Yes, absolutely - in theory. Let us explain. We found that the purest, lightest and most organically certified alcohol is a wheat based alcohol, which we use for our Rose Gin. Distillation should remove all the harmful proteins that cause reactions in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Distillation actually vaporizes the pure alcohol, separating it from the non-alcoholic components of the grain mixture used to make that particular type of spirit, thus resulting in a gin way below the 20 parts per million threshold considered to be ‘wheat free’. However, the Celiac Support Association advises those with celiac disease to drink only alcoholic beverages that are not derived from gluten grains. ( Try potato based vodka and gin, or wine…) as some people with gluten sensitivity or celiac have reported gluten reactions from gin made with gluten grains. As such, if you are hyper sensitive to gluten we would recommend you proceed with a bit of caution – have a small Rose Gin, see how you feel before fully committing.
+ Is Rose Gin vegetarian/vegan?
Yes – absolutely … no animals were harmed in the creation of our elixir.
+ What size bottles are available?
Rose Gin comes in 50ml ( little guys – miniatures) , 500ml, 1000ml and the giant 2000ml. It should be noted that our 500,1000,2000 ml bottles come in a choice of ‘wide mouth’ ( or re-use) or ‘narrow mouth’(classic) bottles, depending on what aesthetic and functionality style you prefer. We also offer a 500ml ‘Refill Pouch’ – to top up empty bottles, in order to reduce our environmental impact ( and save you money )!
+ Where can I buy Rose Gin?
The easiest is directly online at wearetinkture.com. Alternatively seek out high end and discerning bottle shops nationwide … we are growing! Or just drop us a line and we’ll point you towards a retailer close to you.
+ How long will it take for my delivery to arrive?
We aim to get your gin to you within 1 to 2 working days of when the order is placed.
+ How do you package and deliver Gin safely?
We have agonised over our packaging and shipping – we are trying (in the face of rather brutal shipping regimes – with too many breakages) to be as plastic free as possible. One fantastic step has been to work with the guys at ‘FlexiHex’ who create a cardboard lattice, coupled with solid cardboard tubes to replace the traditional bubble wrap… and so far, it’s proving very effective at protecting our precious cargo. We have also been using a more premium (FedEx) shipping provider. The combination of Flex Hex and FedEx has resulted in a drastic improvement regarding breakages … so far none have been broken (fingers crossed and touch wood… so far so good!)
+ How should I serve my Negroni Rosa?
Simple. In a solid Glass, lots of ice and a squeezed, thick orance slice …. Stir the negroni a little while before consuming, allow the ice to do it’s magic and make the negroni nice and silky!
+ What ingredients are in Negroni Rosa?
We use our Rose Gin – of course!!! And then equal parts Vermouth ( bianco) and Bitter – both produced by an artisan Italian producer – Berto.
+ Where can I learn to make the cocktails shown on your website?
At the moment you are on your own – just check out our recipes online wearetinkture.com/cocktails get the ingredients, follow the instructions and have a play… there is no such thing as the perfect cocktail…. Only the perfect cocktail for YOU… and the only person that can discover it is… you… and it’s a tough job, with many , many attempts required – we wish you luck and persistence, it’s a tough journey. Who knows, at some point , if enough people ask us we might look at doing some sort of cocktail masterclasses… watch this space.
+ What makes the Gin change colour?
It’s a natural, chemical reaction between the pigment from our fresh rose petals and the citric acid found in tonic and lemonade etc. We love the fact that our gin turns from golden amber to dusty pink – and it makes for beautiful and entertaining cocktails… but it’s very much a by product of our process, rather than a key focal point… we are more excited about the incredible flavour!
+ What can I do with the empty bottles?
Ha – our bottles!! They are such a pain, so expensive and difficult to work with… but utterly worth it! They are actually original old-style chemistry bottles, and we had to custom engineer steel springs and special seals to make them suitable for our needs. We quickly realised the most sustainable way to share our Gin was to put it into bottles that you would actually Re-Use rather than throw away or recycle. We then supply Re-fill pouches to top up your empty bottles. It’s the same old story, make something properly, beautiful and use it for life. The bottles can be used for everything from storing dry goods like rice / pasta / grains etc or even fermenting your own recipes or using as decanters, candle holders, jugs, jars or anything you set your mind to!
Less waste, less energy and more of a fighting chance for our little planet. It sounds like grand standing or green washing, but we really think that just by being aware of how our products come into being, and then how you interact with them is an important small step in the right direction, and one we should all be taking. It's a long way from being perfect, and we will constantly keep working towards improving our sustainability, but it’s a start!
+ Is your Gin sold internationally?
We currently don’t ship internationally - although we get almost daily requests from all over the globe. Watch this space.
+ Can I buy Rose Gin as gift?
Of course … it’s the perfect gift. Best is to go directly to our website – and we also offer a customisation service … so you can type in a special message, that we then write on a little card that is included with the purchase, just a little touch that makes the present that extra bit special.