It's National Tea Day and that means another gin launch – this time by a team of drinks industry names – made with single estate Indian Darjeeling tea.
Jindea is result of a partnership between Matthew Dakers and Jack Rackham of Emporia Brands and Adrian Gomes, owner of two Scottish bars and events company 10 Dollar Shake.
Made in a copper pot still to a classic London Dry gin recipe, Jindea contains 10 botanicals, including tea.
'Both myself and Adrian have strong ties to the continent,' Dakers said. 'My grandfather was born in India and my great-grandfather served as a captain in the Indian Army. Adrian’s father grew up in Goa where his family worked on the Indian railways.
'These stories connected us and we wanted to make a gin which would reflect both our British and Indian heritage. '
The team enlisted a tea sommelier, Ajit Madan, co-founder of Camellia’s Tea House in London to create the product. Madan introduced the makers to a first flush Darjeeling tea from the Goomtee Estate, a single-estate tea plantation in the Kurseong Valley, India.
Why Darjeeling tea? It is said to impart aromas of muscatel grape and stone fruits. So much so it has earned the name 'Champagne of Teas'. Based at the foot of the Himalayas, the Darjeeling tea gardens produce less than 1% of India's total tea production.
In addition to the flavours from Darjeeling tea, the gin contains juniper, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, ginger, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and angelica.
Jindea can be pre-ordered from the The Drink Shop.
40% abv, RRP £29