J’Something, SA’s much loved muso from Mi Casa, foodie and MKRSA judge, is set to delight palates again, but this time it’s in the gin industry, with the launch of his latest venture and new craft gin, Jin Gin.
For Jin Gin, J’Something teamed up with Beverage Emporium and local craft gin experts, Craft Link, the makers of the award winning Ginologist Gin, and the result is not only a gin that has great flavour but that has a personality too.
With so many local and international gin brands available in a fiercely competitive market, J’Something’s thinking was simple: “I wanted to do something that I love. I’ve never been much of a drinker, but a good G&T always hit the spot. The team at Craft Link helped me create a gin that not only suits my audience and their palates but that also represents something different in the market; ultimately it represents my story. I mean it’s still a gin, it’s just ‘something different’,” he explains.
Portuguese and South African heritage
Jin Gin is locally produced and inspired by J’Something’s Portuguese and South African heritage. The variants within the Jin Gin Collection include Rooibos, Orange and Honey; Tomato and Sweet Piquant Peppers and Honey and Olives.
All the flavours tie into J’Something’s career and passion for food and music and each variant has its own story to tell. For example, The Rooibos, Orange and Honey, J’Somethings’ favourite, expertly blends the flavours of world-famous oranges from the South of Portugal with South African rooibos and honey – his favourite pre-gig drink.
“The craft of pairing food with gin is also gaining momentum”, says J’Something. “In the kitchen, food needs to tell a story and Jin Gin is no different. We have created delicious recipes to accompany your Jin Gin G&T. Food is personal to me and reflects my home … the place where I grew in leaps and bounds as a chef. Home was where I could experiment with flavours and techniques,” he says. “My spicy, authentic Portuguese heritage combined with hearty, homegrown South African food have become my trademark,” he concludes.
Jin Gin Tasting Notes:
Orange, Rooibos and Honey:
A contemporary gin with strong rooibos and honey notes that wash over the palate, finished off with an underlying caramel sweetness.
Tomato and Sweet Piquante Pepper:
A twist on the classic London dry gin with a slightly dry, yet sweet finish. Infused with savoury notes from the tomato and sweet piquanté peppers with subtle fruity hints.
Olive and Honey:
A Mediterranean-inspired gin with fresh, green flavours coming through strongly at first, followed by soft olive and honey notes with a lingering, pleasantly savoury finish.
What: Jin Gin by J’Something
Where and when: Jon Gin will be available from December 2018 at selected Pick ‘n Pay and Ultra bottle stores and will retail at approximately R390 a bottle