This gin is a bit of an odd sausage. It’s made for the REWE supermarket group here in
Germany. The REWE Group (pronounced Re-ve) is Germany’s second largest supermarket chain. To give you an idea of how ubiquitous they are in Germany consider the town where I live. There is one Aldi store, one Edeka store and three REWE stores.
The gin is part of REWE’s “Feine-Welte” gourmet line, which covers everything from Avocado oil to Venezuelan chocolate. All Feine-Welt products are branded with the same white/gold colour scheme. As the bottle matches the brand colour scheme it has golden base that works through to a transparent top. The shape also changes from completely round at the base to almost square at the top. (I’m now beginning to worry I have a gin-bottle fetish).
As for the gin, the bottle tells us that it’s “Fünffach Destilliert” – distilled five times and that it’s signature botanical is Neroli Extract. As my good friend wikipedia informs me, Neroli is the taken from the blossom of the Bitter Orange tree, so we are expecting to add a little citrus to our mix.
Day or Night Gin ? It’s a respectable 40%, so you could have a little gin mixed with the REWE Valencia-late harvest orange juice, whilst enjoying a lunchtime picnic of the “Feine-Welt” gourmet line. As an aside, I can recommend the “Feine-Welt” vanilla ice-cream; it’s excellent and is totally free of additives, colours and artificial flavouring.
What does it smell of ? Quiet a strong floral bouquet, but very little juniper.
What does it taste of ? It’s quite a smooth gin. A little juniper at first, followed by a rather pleasant mix of the bitter-sweet citrus taste and something spicy, probably cardamons. A short, slightly spicy, finish. Paired with a tonic water you have a very good G&T, with the gin flavours adding and enhancing the quinine from the tonic water.
Buy It ? You’ll need to go do to the REWE for this, €12.99 for 70ml, or you can order it for their home delivery service here.
Overall ? 4 out of 5. This was my favourite gin from our 6 gins deathmatch. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good value. Try it and feel free to add your thoughts to the comments section.