The shape and design of the glass has a direct influence on the perception of the gin’s aromas. Accordingly, the development of the gin & tonic range has occurred in parallel with the launch of a series of gins with different aromatic nuances. The perfect gin & tonic needs to be served in a vessel that is capable of developing the aromatic qualities that are present in each type of gin. Additionally, a high level of transparency and thin edges also play a key role in optimising the drinking experience. If we also add the increased durability of Chef & Sommelier’s Krysta range, the combination is perfect.
Spiced gins have a great deal of personality and a broad spectrum of aromas and flavours. Botanicals such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and components such as pepper and angelica root are common ingredients in a spiced gin. The bowl of Chef & Sommelier’s bubble-shaped Macaron glass, whose width exceeds its height, is perfect for a less powerful yet subtler appreciation of the aromas of the spices that are present in gins of this type.
In these gins, citrus fruits such as orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime take centre stage ahead of the rest of the botanicals. In an angular vessel with a large capacity, such as Chef & Sommelier’s Sublym 60 cl glass, the citrus aromas expand across the oxygenation area at an angle, becoming concentrated at the top of the glass thanks to its narrow rim.
For gins of this type, the stars of the show are herbs such as rosemary and basil. Very aromatic and sometimes sharp, they are many people’s preferred type of gin. Capacious goblet-shaped glasses such as Chef & Sommelier’s Abondant are specially designed for herbal gins.
From roses to lilies, many different types of flower are used in the production of certain types of gin. Generally, sweeter-smelling and less dry flowers are used, because of the botanical qualities they possess. Floral aromas tend to be highly volatile, meaning smaller glasses with an angular structure (such as the Reveal’ Up Intense) are preferred, as they help to expand the nuances of the floral aromas and concentrate them towards the rim.
Classic or juniper gins
Juniper is at the heart of these gins, sometimes complemented by hints of citrus. In general, they are the driest type of gin. Classic balloon glasses of different capacities, such as the Cabernet Ballon, are perfect for juniper gins thanks to their ample space for oxygenation and narrow rims.