Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin

The first thing you notice when nosing Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is an aroma reminiscent of wine. The small batch gin is crafted by Master Distiller Andreas Vallendar in the Saar region of Germany using hand-picked botanicals which have been infused with Riesling grapes.

Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin Martini

Named after its co-founder, Ferdinand Geltz, the gin is made using Riesling grapes grown on the steep shale vineyards of the Zillinken Estate in the Saar-Mosel-Ruwer VDP region in Germany and locally sourced botanicals. The gin is distilled using over 30 botanicals which are represented periodic table style in “The Table of Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin Elements”. The botanicals include juniper, sloe, rosehip, angelica, hop blossom, lavender, bergamot, quince, lemon thyme, almond shell, coriander and ginger.

On the nose, Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is aromatic with floral top notes along with citrus and grass as well as juniper in the background. The palate displays intensity along with floral and spice notes and finishes dry.

Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin & Tonic

In a classic gin and tonic, we like it with the subtle flavours of Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic which do not overpower the botanicals in the gin. In a Dry Martini, Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin goes well with Noilly Prat vermouth as the botanicals and wine base interplay very well.

Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is bottled at 44% ABV and comes in a 500 ml bottle luxuriously wrapped in paper. It is well worth adding to your gin collection.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.