Hertog Jan, 3*** Michelin
“Clear and translucent, colourless, with a nice sparkle in the glass, moderate viscosity.”
Nose: After pouring:
“The first thing that strikes me is the aroma of fresh herbs, in the broadest sense of the word. I can smell fresh green herbs, followed by the scent of flowers, especially lavender. There is citrus peel as well. You also immediately notice the alcohol and the typical fragrance of juniper berries. Fortunately, this fragrance does not dominate but is subtly interwoven
with the other floral and herbal aromas. Last but not least, there are hints of earthiness and spices.”
“The aromas grow stronger: the herbs, flowers and citrus fruit all become more prominent. The alcohol is more present as well. The gin opens itself and the earthy tones rise to the surface.”
“I can clearly feel the warmth of the alcohol and there is a hint of spiciness in the taste.
This spiciness reminds me of pepper and other spices, which adds a certain zest. In the finish juniper, citrus and especially lavender are all present. It is this last flavour that I want to emphasize in my recipe for The Herbalist gin & tonic, by selecting a Mediterranean tonic that also contains lavender.”
Joachim Boudens is the sommelier and co-owner of Hertog Jan, together with the celebrated chef, Gert De Mangeleer.