Thanks to a traumatic first experience with gin (looking right AT YOU BOMBAY SAPPHIRE) I had steadfastly refused to touch that cursed liquid. Well, that is, until @burpple hooked me up with a tremendous gin tasting flight at @brassliondistillery along with a couple of other Tastemakers.⠀

Brass Lion is one of the few true blue, made in Singapore distilleries. Having their own pots for gin distillation allows them to brew up extra strong stuff like the Navy Strength, which clocks in at a thoroughly impressive FIFTY SEVEN percent. However, the Navy Strength gave me mild PTSD flashbacks to my first & absolutely awful experience with gin, as the juniper taste & aroma is pretty damn strong. The standard Brass Lion gin fared better thanks to its more nuanced flavours & aromas, and it’s actually somewhat drinkable when mixed with tonic.⠀

They don’t just do super strong moonshi-sorry, I meant gin, they’ve got some experimental flavoured gins too. At the risk of sounding like a basic bitch, I really enjoyed the butterfly pea gin which possessed an enchanting violet hue & was infused with the fabulous floral scent of lavender. Not gonna lie, it was a sleeper hit for me. The Pahit Pink is a curiously complex gin fortified with cinnamon, spices and most interesting of all, bitters. It’s reminiscent of an Old Fashioned, albeit thinner in body & less rich. Great for cocktails to be paired with Indian cuisine I reckon.⠀

Now, it ain’t gonna be a surprise that I took a shine to the barrel aged gin. Maturation in American bourbon casks imparted a rich, oaky aroma & flavour to the gin and elevated it above all other gins out there. Easy shoo in for my runaway favourite for sure. ⠀

Also, thanks to Brass Lion encouraging us to pair each gin up with a different mixer, I gained an aloof appreciation for the classic gin & tonic. Y’know what, gin? Perhaps I judged you too harshly.

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