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Nao Spirits Jin Jiji India Dry Gin (750ml) (Previously $25) SKU #1477729

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It's shocking that this little distiller in Gao created India's first ever craft gin. Nao Spirits started back in 2015 when two Delhi bartenders, Ananda and Vaibhav, found themselves unable to find a high quality gin of Indian origin to use in their bar programs. IN the land that created the Gin & Tonic and the source for some many of London Dry's classic ingredients, not one single high quality hand craft gin was being made. They built a tiny distillery together and began experimenting with the diverse bounties of their homeland. Jin Jiji celebrates the complex botanical and culinary landscape for which India is renowned. Built around a heart of wild, foraged juniper from the Himalayas, it also features Macedonian juniper, the fragrant tulsi leaf (holy basil), coriander, black tea, angelica root, orris root, chamomile, and cashew nut. The distinctive profile is undeniably, the perfect way to easily spice up any classic. Anand & Vaibhav have achieved what most serious craft gin distillers strive for, capturing an honest and pure expression of place in their spirit. A must have for any serious bartender who considers their cocktail shaker an extension of the kitchen, but versatile enough to make even the most novice mixologist excel.

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Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    7/29/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    From time to time a new gin blows you away in flavor. In our world of $40+/btl gins, it is rarer still for that same gin to then take your breath away in affordability. For just 25 bucks, Jin Jiji checks all the boxes. From the spiritual homeland of the G&T comes a gin that feels like a traditional London Dry but brings so much more to the table. The complexity of black tea marries perfectly with classic ingredients like juniper and coriander while at the same time highlighting a slight savory component of cashew nut and basil. It's refreshing on its own (read: perfect for a bone dry martini) and yet so easy to mix. Try it with the Fever Tree Citrus Tonic for an added blast of zip in your next G&T or pair with the myriad aperitivi and vermouth available in your next Negroni. I've already tried several combinations and I'd be shocked if you can find one that doesn't taste delicious.
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