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The Impressive Lesley Gracie does it again, crafting a delicious and delightfully simple blood orange Liqueur.
Built in 1963. the Girvan Distillery is a silent work horse. William Grant & Sons owns the South Ayrshire, Scotland, distillery. Somewhat famously, the distillery was built in a hurry due to a quarrel between William Grant & Sons and a supplier — Distillers Company Limited (DCL). From ground break to production was a short nine months. They produce several Single Malt, grain, and blended Whiskies there in addition to Hendrick’s Gins. The fabulous Spirits shine even though the distillery flies under the radar of the industry press.
We have a new living heroine — master distiller Lesley Gracie. Never heard of her? Well, that’s your loss. Ms. Gracie is the palate and discipline behind Hendrick’s Gin (a personal fav of ours). So respected is her talent that Girvan has built a special distillery on the grounds of Girvan just for her to work. She calls it The Gin Palace. And lest you think that the dominating quality of Hendricks was a one-off, here is Act 2 of her Spirits Symphony.
Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur is derived from grain Spirits and the essence of rare Sanguinello blood oranges grown on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily and picked at the peak of ripeness. The essential oils are extracted at the Agrumeria Corleone in Palermo to the strictest dictates of Ms. Gracie and bottled without artificial color.
The Gin Palace is a real place. It looks like a living Steampunk museum with odd antique stills sealed in glass next to state-of-the-art laboratories. No public visits are allowed, but if they ever are we’ll be first in line.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is full and decidedly citrus with blood orange, Italian lemon, and a pure sweetness.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens with a thick, almost oily mouth-feel leading to a perfect balance of flavor and sweetness with a delightful blend of orange-forward citrus.
The finish is long a drying with a very nice acidic zing.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.