Gin and tonic might be a simple drink, but when it comes to the taste, there's a fine art to getting the flavours right. So, to help fans of the spirit become G&T connoisseurs, the Gin Foundry has come up with a handy chart.
The "gin tasting wheel" matches types of gin with the appropriate botanicals and explains their corresponding flavors. While clean gins are said to go with cucumber and apple, a sprig of rosemary, sage, or basil is the best garnish to complement a herbal gin, says the chart.
As for spiced gins, which can be described as warming or peppery, they're best served with garnishes of clove or black pepper, and floral types can be livened up with the addition of elderflower.
Of course, there's more to turning into a G&T pro than just knowing the ingredients. A range of color-coded adjectives have also been included on the wheel to help drinkers identify the different aromas and improve their tasting vocabulary.
"Most of us have been brought up to understand and recognise colours and shapes by name but most of us have never learnt how to express flavours in words," the brand explains on its website. "So, with that in mind, Gin Foundry have created this Tasting Wheel in the hopes of helping those in trouble to develop a more educated palate and empower them with ways to articulate it."
It seems you're only a true gin lover if you know what you're doing when it comes to discussing flavor.
The gin wheel wall chart is available for £4 from The Gin Foundry's website.
From: Country Living
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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