There’s a lot of gin out there. They’re popping up everywhere and it’s getting exhausting trying to find one that’s actually worth your time. Well don’t worry, I’ve done the research for you (when I say research I mean I’ve tasted some awful gins).
Canaima gin is new to London and if you keep reading, you’ll learn exactly why I think you should add it to your collection.
Canaima gin is a collaboration between Diplomatico rum and Simone Caporale and is being brought to the UK by Speciality Brands. The gin celebrates everything about the Amazon by using local botanicals and supporting local communities.
Canaima uses 10 local botanicals, many I had never heard of, let alone knew what they tasted like. These are some of my favourites.
Merey – also known as cashew. The fruit, not the nut is used. It almost looks like an apple with a cashew nut growing out of it. Each fruit produces 1 singular cashew nut. Imagine the amount of fruit that has the potential to be wasted when creating packets of cashews.
Copoazo- the seeds are used to make chocolate. But it’s the remaining pulp that is used in the production of Canaima.
Uva Moriche – also known as snake fruit. The skin of this fruit looks like
Parchita – passion fruit. This is the original passion fruit, not the modern passion fruit we know now due to modifications.
Canaima gin is made at the Diplomatico distillery in Venezuela. Each of the botanicals are macerated (this can be anywhere from 2 to 7 days) and distilled separately, then blended together by at the end. Although this method takes up a lot of time, it means that you can control the flavours of each botanical (think of it like cooking veg, if you bung them all in a pan at the same temperature, you’re not going to get the best results).
The gin is made in 500-litre batches, as the local botanicals can’t be farmed. The distillery gets what they’re given when they’re given it.
Canaima donates 10% of it’s sales (that’s turnover, not profit) to local organisations and employs people from the local communities. For instance, the POS, like this bracelet that we were given at the launch. It completely embodies the spirit of the Amazon. The money they donate to Saving the Amazon is helping replant trees, conserving the rainforest.
As the world changes, it’s important for companies to think about how they’re contributing. Canaima does this. They know the world doesn’t need another gin, or even another spirit, but they understand their industry and how they can use that. to improve the lives of others.
How to drink it
Because of the unusual botanicals in Canaima gin, they don’t recommend it with your usual tonic. Instead, try it with Three Cents Grapesuit soda. It’s a delicious highball, that isn’t too sweet.