Mr. Gaston Gin Sherry Cask Finish
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils, 700 ml
This French gin is distilled exclusively from French wheat and local botanicals from 100% organic cultivation. Juniper, coriander, some lemon, mandarin zest and elderflower are the main ingredients of this composition, which manifests itself in a unique aroma explosion. The three-month ageing in Pedro Jiménez sherry casks gives the distillate a surprisingly soft touch with delicate sweetness. Très gourmand!
Distillerie Tessendier & Fils
Grape growers, producers of Cognac and innovative spirits
“Time is of the essence for creating high-quality spirits” (Jérôme Tessendier)
The Tessendier & Fils Distillery, established in 1880, is a family-run business based in Cognac and Jarnac, on the banks of the Charente, which produces a diverse portfolio of high-quality Cognacs (see Cognac Park) with a modern twist. The heirs, Jérôme and Lilian Tessendier, have succeeded in modernising the family business in the face of the international dimension of the market: first by creating their own brand of Cognac, then by drawing on their ancestral savoir-faire to refine other types of spirits. This knowledge was forged over time, improved from generation to generation and is now shared by the Tessendier Distillery through three Cognac series (Park, Campagnère, Grand Breuil), each with its own unique character, its own history.
To cater to the needs of an international clientele, often with very different tastes and cultural approaches, the company has constantly rejuvenated and expanded its range. This is exemplified by the new ageing process in mizunara oak casks (a very rare and high quality Japanese oak) for their Park Cognac and the most recent Mr Gaston Gin.
For some years now the brothers have been using their know-how to its best advantage to blend their own rum and to partially age it in Cognac casks. They have created the Saison Rum line, which embodies the art of blending of Jérôme and Lilian Tessendier. The cellar master created the rum in four key stages from the search for terroirs to the finishing touches: origins, ageing, blending and finishing. Each of these stages follows the previous one, like the four seasons. This innovative, sequenced approach produces the rum known as Saison.
The distillates are carefully selected from 3 different terroirs on the Caribbean islands of Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica. The master blender’s intention is to showcase the typicality of these areas of origin by utilising the warmth and specific hygrometry of the Caribbean islands to give the future rum a unique oxidation, accelerate the ageing process and concentrate the aromas.
The aged rums are then blended by master blender Jérôme Tessendier and left to rest for several months on the banks of the Charente in mature French oak casks that used to contain Cognac. No sugar or caramel colouring is added to their rum.
And who is Mr Gaston?
In 1880, Gaston Tessendier, a maths teacher, became a weekend winemaker at his estate “le Buisson”, in Javrezac, in the Borderies region of Charente. Despite the strenuous work in the vineyard, he never regretted his whimsical hobby. With MR GASTON GIN Jérôme Tessendier, inspired by his origins in Charente and his expertise in the world of spirits, continues to provide innovative and original creations for connoisseurs.
The Mr Gaston Gin range is made from French wheat and botanicals that are 100% organic. Special attention is paid to gins aged in mizunara oak and sherry casks. They delight and surprise with unexpected flavours.
Cognac: Hochprozentig edel
Das idyllisch am Fluss Charente gelegene Cognac ist eine französische Kleinstadt wie aus dem Bilderbuch. Es liegt im Herzen einer Weinbauregion, deren Rebfläche von fast 80.000 Hektar fast ausschliesslich der Weinbrand-Herstellung dient. In den ausgedehnten Kellern der prestigeträchtigen Cognac-Häusern reifen diese Destillate jahrelang ihrer Genussreife entgegen. Die exklusivsten Cognacs schlummern oft fünfzig oder mehr Jahre in Eichenfässern, bis sie in edlen Karaffen zum Verkauf angeboten werden.
France – Philosophy in a bottle
According to French philosophy, wine should be an expression of the soil and climate. They use the word “terroir” to describe this. Terroir makes every wine different, and many especially good. French wine is regarded worldwide as an expression of cultural perfection. The French believe that humans are responsible for the quality of the berries, the vine variety for their character, and nature for the quantity. This philosophy can be expressed succinctly as: “the truth is the vineyard, not the man.”