We’ve started looking at wines and beers, but what about spirits? It seems that the world of gins and the like are unlikely candidates for non-alcoholic drinks. So what is a drink like Seedlip like?
Seedlip are a brand concerned with introducing distilled non-alcoholic spirits to a wide audience. And the term non-alcoholic spirits seems like a contradiction in terms, right?
Very briefly, distilling is a process that is used to separate more than just alcohol from a mash, it can separate any substances with a different boiling point – including aromatic essences. Seedlip use this principle, and strong aromatic flavours to create unique distillates.
I liked the idea of the flavours from Spice 94 – Allspice, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Lemon and Grapefruit peel, as well as the less appetising Oak and Cascarilla Bark… All up, it sounded like Christmas in a glass.
Being one to try my spirits neat, my first foray with this exotic blend was a simple shot to sip upon. And it’s rather impressive like that – intense and warm spiciness, with that citrus undertone. Honestly, I could enjoy sipping at this at the end of an evening and feel pretty satisfied.
But it’s also a good drink to mix – with soda or tonic (if that’s your thing) or Ginger Beer – for a spice inspired drink. Seedlip recommend mixing with tonic over ice and a grapefruit twist. I haven’t got quite that fancy.
At $60 for a 700mL bottle, it’s fortunate that a little goes a long way. But this is a great addition to the cocktail cabinet, and I look forward to exploring their other flavours in due course.
Style: Aromatic Distillate
A very “adult” drink – warm spice flavours and citrus bite, making a versatile mixer or intense sipping drink for those fans of spirits among us
Where to Find
I’ve found this at Glengarry, Wine Central, Whisky and More, as well as at some New World stores.