JINDEA SINGLE ESTATE TEA GIN
Jindea is a result of a partnership between three bar scene experts, including Jack Rackham from Emporia, a London-based spirit distribution and export company, Matthew Dakers from London bar group London Cocktail Club, and Adrian Gomes, owner of two Scottish bars and events company 10 Dollar Shake.
The spirit is produced in a traditional alembic copper pot still to a classic London Dry gin recipe containing 10 botanicals including Darjeeling tea. As well as subtle flavours from Darjeeling tea the gin contains flavours of juniper, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, ginger, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and angelica.
The team enlisted a tea sommelier, Ajit Madan, co-founder of Camellia’s Tea House in London and UK’s first certified International Tea Education Institute (ITEI) Master Tea Sommelier. Ajit introduced the makers to a first flush Darjeeling tea from the Goomtee Estate, a single estate tea plantation in the Kurseong Valley, India. Darjeeling tea is known as the ‘Champagne of Teas’ and the picturesque artisan tea gardens of Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalayas, produce less than 1% of India’s total tea production, mostly from single estates and often organic and hand-plucked.