Gin was invented in Italy? Such is the position of Malfy Gin, which offers a lemon-flavored gin as well as this new release, an unflavored expression called Malfy Gin Originale.
Says the brand:
Malfy Originale is distilled to a recipe that pays homage to the originators of gin – Italian Monks – who first distilled juniper spirits at their monasteries along the Amalfi Coast as far back as 1050. However, for Malfy Gin Originale, Carlo Vergnano, owner of Torino Distillati, and Beppe Ronco, Master Distiller, took inspiration from the famous terroir of their own Piedmont Region.”
Torino Distillati sits in the foothills of the magnificent MonViso mountain (Monte Viso), the highest peak of the Piedmont Region. Inspiration peaked while climbing Monte Viso when Vergnano and Ronco were struck by the quality of the wild juniper and the crisp spring water filtered through rock from the snow-capped peak of MonViso. For both fervent alpinists, this was the moment they decided these quality ingredients would be perfect for Malfy Gin Originale – a crisp, juniper forward gin.
The Originale expression is launching on the heels of Malfy Gin Con Limone, which is infused with Italian Juniper and five other botanicals along with the famous Italian sfusato lemons from the Amalfi Coast, giving an unusually fresh and zesty aroma and palate distinguishing it from other juniper-heavy gins.
We haven’t tasted Malfy Con Limone (or Malfy’s two other flavored expressions), but we did get a look at the new Malfy Originale, which is flavored with juniper, coriander, and five other (unnamed) botanicals.
The nose of Malfy is surprisingly alcohol-forward, showing notes of grapefruit peel, peaches, and white pepper underneath. The palate features juniper prominently, though it’s lightly earthy with notes of fresh green herbs and a slight lemon peel character. As the finish approaches, the gin turns a bit vegetal, though the white pepper notes linger here, which is at least helpful in cutting through the bacony edge that hangs out on the conclusion.
While Malfy has some charms and may appeal especially to fans of herb-heavy gins, it’s simply not as versatile as many of the other offerings in this category.