Portobello Road launches 'world's first' festive turkey gin

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Festive: master distiller Jake Burger (right) has distilled the gin with turkey breast
Festive: master distiller Jake Burger (right) has distilled the gin with turkey breast

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London craft gin makers Portobello Road Gin has announced the release of its third Director’s Cut gin.

Director’s Cut No:3 Pechuga Gin is thought to be the world’s first Pechuga gin, and is distilled with turkey breast and dried fruits and spices.

The gin pays homage to a unique distillation process used by Mexico’s artisan Mezcal producers whereby a raw chicken or turkey breast - pechuga in Spanish - is suspended in the still, cooking in the slowly emanating vapours and adding subtle yet distinct flavours to the spirit.

13 botanicals

Created by master distiller Jake Burger, Portobello Road Gin's signature 171 blend is redistilled in a 400-litre copper alembic still with organic turkey breast and a flavourful combination of 13 botanicals including apples, pears, plums, currants, apricots, passionfruit, cinnamon and nutmeg.

“My love for gin is matched equally by my passion for tequila and mezcal; and so for the third instalment in our Director's Cut series it was a natural choice for me to look across the Atlantic and take inspiration from our Mexican spirit-producing brothers and sisters," said Burger.

Distinctly festive flavour

“As the alcohol vapours pass through the turkey breast during distillation they add something almost indefinable to the gin. You wouldn’t really say it was turkey-flavoured gin, the flavour is very subtle, and while it adds it also takes away, absorbing some of the more intense fruit flavours and stopping them from overwhelming the taste of the gin.

“With its warming spices and dried fruits, this poultry-infused potable develops a distinctly festive flavour and we think that Christmas presents a perfect opportunity to drink this very special and uniquely indulgent gin.”

Director’s Cut No:3 will retail at £35 and is available to purchase from 1 November from Portobello Road Gin’s website. 

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