The usual path when making gin is to start with set ingredients. You put them together, macerate & distil. We start somewhere completely different: by profiling the emotion and flavour we want to create. We then take each botanical and treat it as an individual. We don’t put the botanicals together until we – and they - are ready. What works best for one’s cade doesn’t work for one’s mimosa.
We wanted you to feel like you have the Côte D’Azur on the tip of your tongue every time you sip 44°N. We set out to capture the luminous depth of the sea, the windswept aroma of the Mediterranean, in every drop. Named for the geographic coordinates of Grasse, 44°N’s tasting notes read like a who’s who of local botanicals set to the full-spectrum dreamscape of the South of France.
Native to the Mediterranean, locally sourced cade lends a woody touch to the blend. Its warm fruitiness interplays beautifully with the bitter orange and dried fruit character of the immortelle.
This saline-land lover, known as sea fennel, has long been used as a condiment in France. Pairing well with herbaceous botanicals like alexanders and angelica, samphire prolongs the floral notes.
Don’t be fooled by the name. Bitter oranges are anything but, their warm marmalade notes a comforting counterpoint to the freshness of lemon and cade’s sharpness. Sharing similarities, it blends well with the floral notes of coriander and rose.
These seeds many facets are hard to pin down: mushroomy, truffle, lively, sulfury, blackcurrant, undergrowth…alexanders’ crispy green and peppery notes boost cade’s fresh character.
These lemongrass-like dried leaves have much in common with both the citrus and floral families. It pushes our lemon notes, even at low dosage, to add a juicy, clean top note.
Ever so slightly geranium-like, this rose extract stays true to the petals adding an exquisite light floral top note and giving the palate a true feeling of Grasse rose fields.
The tangy warm spicy notes of alexanders, underlying all along, allude to the undergrowth where the cade grows freely. Orris and honey ensure a sweet yet musky long-lasting effect on the tongue, holding their end as floral and citrus notes mingle nicely together.
A blooming floral body with hints of Grasse’s rose centifolia and jasmine. Jammy facets of bitter orange are countered by the herbaceous punch of Angelica. Hints of warm pepper here and there round out the middle notes.
The first thing that hits your nose is fresh zingy lemon peel and grapefruit. The aroma of a marine breeze, samphire, is punctuated by touches of mimosa. Cade adds woody, piny facets.
The different notes are endless. They don’t arrive in the same order or at the same time. Whenever we try to put words to the intriguing journey that is 44°N, we always come up short. 44°N does not.