Phantom is the sixth release in the exclusive Voyager Series from Salcombe Gin
The inventive distillers at south Devon’s Salcombe Gin have partnered with a host of top chefs for their Voyager Series, working closely with each to produce a gin which reflects their individual style and tastes.
The latest release in the limited-edition series is a collaboration between Château Climens owner Bérénice Lurton and Salcombe Gin co-founder Angus Lugsdin. Named after one of the Salcombe fruit schooners built in 1867, Phantom is the first cask-finished gin in the Voyager Series.
‘When Angus first visited Climens and explained his idea, we were totally hooked,’ says Bérénice Lurton. ‘I was fascinated by Salcombe Distilling Company’s story. We both share a deep respect for the history of winemaking and distilling, and a commitment to exceptional craftsmanship.’
Sixteen botanicals were selected for the gin, seven of which were picked from Château Climens’ biodynamic wine estate. Once the gin had been distilled in Salcombe it was aged for eight months in six handpicked casks which had previously been used to age Château Climens 2016 vintage and Château Climens 2015 vintage.
Phantom tasting notes:
On the nose Phantom is defined by honeyed peaches, rose petals, cypress, lavender and orange blossom. On the palate it is rich and poised with apricots, jasmine, toasted oak, spices and caramelised orange peel. There is a fresh green savoury hint from the nettle and fennel botanicals making it light but enhancing the depth of flavour. The finish is acacia honey and cantaloupe melon, balanced with the minerality of fresh orange peel pith.