Principe De Los Apostoles - Mate GinTropical & Herbaceous
Celebrated Latin American bartender Tato Giovannoni set out to create an uplifting New World gin that incorporates indigenous botanicals and champions Argentina’s national beverage, mate. In contrast with London Dry Gin’s winter flavours, Principe de los Apostoles Mate Gin – with yerba mate, eucalyptus, peperina (a herb unique to Argentina that’s similar to peppermint) and pink grapefruit – offers a more nuanced, tropical and herbaceous flavour profile.
The gin’s headline ingredient, yerba mate, was planted by Jesuits in the Provence of Misiones in South America and has gone on to become the country’s national beverage. This is joined by other ingredients traditionally found in terere, a traditional cold mate infusion.
Six botanicals are each macerated individually in a wheat alcohol base. After maceration they are blended together and distilled in 200-litre batches in a copper pot still in the Province of Mendoza. The heart of the distillation is brought down to 40.5% ABV using pure water from the Andes. The result is a unique gin with nuanced tropical and herbal notes.
Botanicals: Yerba mate, eucalyptus, peperina, pink grapefruit, juniper, coriander.
Nose: Pink grapefruit pith, spicy coriander seed and a touch of mint for good measure.
Palate: Citrus and coriander build towards juniper, pine bark and gentian, followed by bold menthol and peppermint notes.
Finish: Long, cool and minty, finishing with a touch of herbal bitterness from the mate.
With its tropical and herbaceous notes, and menthol freshness, Principe de los Apostoles Mate Gin is a fascinating - and useful - cocktail ingredient, from G&Ts to more complex creations.
For the Apostoles signature serve, try it with a dash of Cynar, tonic water and a sprig of eucalyptus.