Breil Pur Gin
Graubünden, Schweiz, 700 ml
BREIL PUR, this Grisons "Organic Swiss Gin" has taken up the motto "ei dat nuot meglier" (translated from Rhaeto-Romanic: there is nothing better). The London Dry Gin, which is produced not far from Brigels, is characterised by its distinct juniper aromas paired with a fresh bouquet of mint and citrus fruits. Organic wheat and spring water from the Grisons mountains serve as the basis. The gin is creamy on the palate and leads to a long-lasting finish. The botanicals used also come from the Swiss mountains and are picked by hand. Alpine juniper, alpine roses and chocolate mint are worth mentioning here. The remaining ingredients remain a well-kept secret of Gion Candinas. This gin is suitable for many different cocktails, but is also a real treat on its own. The "flying brand ambassador" is the coniferous bark moth. The caterpillars of this butterfly feed mainly on spruce needles, juniper and pine needles, all spicy components that also play into this gin. Award: Silver medal at IWSC 2016.
Switzerland – A small country with enormous diversity
Switzerland is famous for its banks, watches, and cheese, but not necessarily for its wine. The Swiss didn't invent wine, but they have been extremely open and curious to it. Wine culture arrived in what is now modern Switzerland via several routes: from Marseilles to Lake Geneva and the Lower Valais region; from the Aosta Valley through the Great St. Bernard Pass to the rest of Valais; from the Rhone through Burgundy, across the Jura Mountains to Lake Constance; and from Lombardy to Ticino, and then on to Grisons.