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MALFY Gqdi Gin Con Limone

MALFY Gqdi Gin
Con Limone


By Robert Plotkin

Gin has no equal behind the bar. As evidence, there are more classic cocktails that call for gin than any other spirit. Their proprietary recipes endow them with personalities as individually distinctive as a fingerprint, which explains why no two premium gins smell or taste the same. For all intents, it's milieu is the cocktail where it absolutely shines to a degree no other spirit can match.

However, there is a growing legion of enthusiasts who adore the complexity of London dry gins, but have grown weary of the juniper component slapping them around. Juniper has an assertive piney character that while invigorating and good for the health, can overwhelm the senses.

On the other end of the spectrum are the so-called New Style Gins. The main tenet of this creative school of thought is to back off on the juniper and accentuate the aroma and taste of the other botanicals. Few achieve that laudable balance better than MALFY Gqdi Gin Con Limone.

This Mediterranean gem is crafted at the small, family-owned Torino Distillati in Moncalieri, Italy near the city of Turin in Piedmont. Master distillers Denis Muni and Beppe Ronco make MALFY on a foundation of column distilled, winter wheat alcohol, which in turn is steeped with fresh lemon peels sourced from both Sicily and the Amalfi Coast. After the alcohol is fully infused with the aroma and flavor of lemon zest, it is pressed in a basket press and re-distilled with the other botanicals—juniper berries from Tuscany, coriander, cassia, anise, grapefruit peels and orange zest.

Distillation takes place over 3-4 hours in an Italian-made, stainless steel vacuum pot still. Unlike traditional pot stills that operate at high temperatures, MALFY is distilled at a temperate 60 degrees F, which creates a zestier, more succulent distillate. The gin is filtered before being bottled at 41% (82 proof).

Consumers tired of getting pummeled by the juniper-forward component in London Dry Gins will find a welcome respite in this refreshing newcomer. MALFY has ideal clarity and a velvety textured, medium-weight body. Its generous bouquet sports luscious lemon zest in the lead followed closely by piney juniper, anise, grapefruit and orange aromas. The longer the gin is allowed to breathe, the more of its enticing aromatics come forth. It fills the mouth with the flavors of the citrus, then juniper and spices. The lingering finish is smooth and flavorful.

MALFY Gin is particularly delectable served chilled with an orange slice, or paired with a high quality tonic water and an ample wedge of lime. That said, it would be an inspired choice for your next Negroni.

The acronym GQDI its name refers to the appellation d'controlee that strictly oversees the production of Italian gin. It stands for Gin di Qualita Distillato in Italia.

MALFY Gin is an Italian beauty rather reminiscent of Sophia Loren if she were a distilled spirit.