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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Roses and Martinis



      -A mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent.
      So goes the definition from Merriam Webster dictionary.  The origin of the word potpourri is actually derived from the French meaning "rotten pot".  This is in reference to the term which the French troops occupying Burgos, Spain applied to the local stew-olla podrida during the Napoleonic occupation of 1808-1813.  Over the years, the term for a stew of mixed meats became associated with the stew of mixed flowers and herbs. Potpourri has been in use since ancient times for the scenting of rooms.  Local herbs and flowers were gathered and then spread across the floor to dry.  Sometimes salt was added, and occasionally this was allowed to ferment for a period of time before being placed in pots and jars.  In more modern times, the mixture was fortified with perfume, but in order for the scent to last, a binding agent must be added to the mix.  That binder is none other than orris root, the same ingredient used in Gin to bind the flavors.  Fermentation, botanicals, and flavor binders provide an interesting parallel between Gin and potpourri.  The list of possible ingredients is lengthy, however many of them are the same botanicals used in the production of Gin.  There may be orange or lemon peel, herbs such as rosemary, cinnamon and allspice, and various plants including  juniper, jasmine, lavender, mint and, of course, the Rose.


Roses and Daggers

      In a sense, it is the Rose which is intricate to the story of Romeo and Juliet.  In this case, the rose plays the part of the respective surnames of our characters, embodying their feuding families and thus their tragic star-crossed love which was never meant to be (or not to be?...)  During one of their balcony conversations Juliet pleads with Romeo to forgo his name-that it is their families that are enemies and that he should forsake the Montague name or she,Capulet, for what's in a name.  The beauty of the rose does not change if the name is altered.  She loves him and that is sufficient. 
 -"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" 

As the final scene plays out, Romeo, thinking that Juliet is dead,  is despondent and takes his own life by swallowing a vial of poison.  When Juliet finds him dead, she tries to kill herself by kissing Romeo hoping there is scant enough poison left to do her in as well. Failing that, she stabs herself with Romeo's "happy dagger"--Shakespeare just can't resist the double entendre.

Roses and Cucumbers

     I dare say that for the average young adult growing up in the 70s and 80s, Gin was looked upon with a bit of disdain in these parts. It was fair enough to mix up in a gin and tonic or a gimlet, but few would consider drinking it neat, purely for its flavor profile. "Pine tree in a bottle" was a description of the uninitiated which was heard with some frequency. Tangueray was the ubiquitous brand and frequently the sole proprietor on the bar room shelf.  It represented the typical London Dry Gin recipe which was of course Juniper forward in flavor.  Bombay Sapphire was then launched in 1987 and expanded the repertoire of botanicals bridging the gap to what would become a new genre of Gin.  But it was Hendrick's Gin that shifted the taste and flavor profile and ushered in the modern era floral variety of Gin.        
       Hendrick's Gin originates from Scotland and was introduced in 1999.  It is produced in small batches of 450 Liters through a rather unique process.  Hendrick’s is the melding of two different spirits from two distinct stills: the Bennet still, a pot variety of still, and the Carter-Head still.  While botanicals are steeped in the Bennet still,  the Carter-Head uses a copper basket to infuse flavor into the spirit.  The two are then carefully combined to produce the right flavor profile. Many of the botanicals in Hendrick's Gin are common to other Gins such as Bombay Sapphire and include Lemon, Cubeb berry, Orris root, Caraway, Chamomile, Coriander, Angelica, Orange, Yarrow,  Elderflower and of course Juniper.  They provide ample flavor in and of themselves, but it is cucumbers and Rose, specifically Bulgarian Rosa Damascena that sealed the deal.  The musky rose flavor permeates but does not overpower the decidedly balanced aromatic profile.  The cucumber is not a flavor which stands up for itself, but contributes to the "clean" character of this Gin.  It is brought forward with a bit of garnish from the same. The veritable potpourri of botanicals lend a smooth, clean, and balanced profile with just the right amount of Juniper and citrus notes.  In a very crude sense, Gin in general, and Hendrick's in particular, is a combination of alcohol infused with potpourri, that little botanical mesh bag sometimes found in a ladies underwear drawer.   

Consider that whilst enjoying a Hendrick's Martini!

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