Black Tomato Gin – a perfect way to add to your 5 a day

Ever have trouble getting your full 5 a day…(or is it 7 these days?!)

Black tomato gin bottle

The matt black bottle looks strikingly different to other gin bottles around at the moment.

Well we have solution that will give you at least 1 of that 5 – Black Tomato gin

Hailing from the Netherlands, Black Tomato gin is something rather different. From the short matt black bottle to it’s salty-sweet, almost vegetal taste, this gin really has the power to split popular opinion.

Black Tomato gin is distilled in the authentic harbour of Bruinisse, a small fishing village with a long tradition of fishing mussels, at the Kampen Distillery.  The distillery faces the clear waters of the Oosterschelde which the biggest National park in the Netherlands. When the tide comes in, the Oosterschelde is filled with 8 billion litres of fresh salt water and it’s this salt water that gives the gin its salty flavour. They also use homegrown black tomatoes along with a number of other secret botanicals.

One of the more interesting facts about the black tomato is that it contains a very high concentration of healing anthocyanin. These compounds occur in vegetables and fruit and are believed to help with diabetes, cancer and obesity – all excellent reasons to drink this gin!

This gin is also 100% vegetarian and organic and Kampen Distillery takes great pride in doing as much as possible in-house, even going so far as to malt their own grain prior to distillation.

So, what does it taste like…

Interesting… and pretty unique when compared to others available at the moment.

When you first smell this gin you get a strong whiff of juniper and alcohol but after giving it a few swirls you start to get that familiar tomato fragrance – a warm, sweet scent with hints of grass. Taste neat and your hit first by a wave of tomato followed by a lasting tingle on the tongue that is quite pleasant. It has an almost tomato soup feel to it – in taste but also in mouthfeel, it’s heavy, coating your mouth as you drink it.

Mixed with a bit of tonic and the flavours are futher enhanced – the tomato builds in the mouth and gives you rather un-gin like like sweet drink with a subtle spiciness thrown in. We can’t help but think it would work well with a slice of chilli to further enhance those flavours.

Conclusion 

This is a robust and powerful spirit – the power of the tomato is balanced well by the peppery kick of juniper meaning that this gin is equally savoury as it is sweet. The tomato flavour might put a lot of people off and it really isn’t what you would consider a traditional gin, but if you are a fan of tomato (or even if you’re not) you should try it. It does stand up well in a G&T but using it as a base to a red snapper of savoury martini would be a much better option.

Black Tomato Gin – Perfect Red Snapper

the red snapper - Black tomato gin

  •  30ml of Black Tomato Gin
  • 120ml of Big Tom tomato juice
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 2 pinches of celery salt
  • 2 grinds of black pepper

Use the salt and pepper to rim your glass. Add the rest of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, and strain into your glass. Garnish with a stick of celery

 

Black Tomato – Perfect Martini

  • 50 ml of Black Tomato Gin
  • 15ml of Dry Belsazar Vermouth
  • Zest of lemon

Pour gin and dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then drain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

 

You can find out more about Back Tomato here

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