Saffron Gin comes from a respected French distillery called Gabriel Boudier. Based in Dijon, France, they’ve been around since 1874. Gabriel Boudier distillery is one of the pioneers of French fruit liqueurs, owned by the Boudiers, continuing the family tradition of making great crème de fruits. So even though Saffron Gin is surely a great conversation starter because of its orange colour, it is no party trick or a gimmick. You can take this spiced character seriously when talking about quality gin.
Saffron Gin was a concept by Chairman of Gabriel Boudier, Jean Battault. It was launched in 2008. It has been hand crafted in Dijon and produced in small batches in a traditional pot still. Gabriel Boudier distillery uses nine fresh botanicals for this gin: juniper, coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, iris, fennel and saffron, which is the most expensive spice in the world by the way.
When trying Saffron Gin neat, it tastes very groovy. Adventurous, spicy, yet mellow character with a stingy kick in the aftertaste. Even though adventurous, I still prefer it with tonic water (or in some other cocktail). I think that in a cocktail this spicy gin gets to the right environment. Saffron Gin goes very well with Fever Tree tonic water. I tried it with cranberries but that doesn’t work. So I have to try it with other recipes, for example using orange slices as garnish should go well with Saffron Gin & Tonic. Many bartenders like to use Saffron Gin as an ingredient for Collins drink as well.
Overall this is quite ordinary gin – the wee spicy character adds something new to the mix, especially when making a cocktail.