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About Pergote Gin
I’m always a big sucker any spirit bottle with a green or blue label, so Pergote Gin always caught my eye on the Total Wine shelves. And, I also don’t remember seeing many Italian gins, so I was really excited to try this out.
Pergote Gin is produced in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, and uses ingredients from all across the country. They use wormwood and raspberries from Piedmont, Juniper from Tuscany and Citrus From Calabria and Sicily.
❖ Spirit: Italian Gin
❖ Distillery: Produced and Bottled for CAPSICA LTD in Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
❖ ABV: 42% (84 Proof)
❖ Moderate Price
❖ Available in 325 ml bottles
My Tasting Notes
❖ Color: Clear
❖ Nose: strong citrus and juniper, a slight sweetness
❖ Taste: Much more herbal than the nose suggests, coriander, juniper, grapefruit and lemon
❖ Finish: medium, juniper and citrus
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Gin
❖ Add Campari, sweet vermouth and gin to a mixing glass
❖ Add ice and stir until chilled
❖ Strain into a glass with a large cube of ice and garnish with a orange peel
It felt fitting to make an Italian cocktail using this Italian gin, so I decided to make a Negroni. This cocktail holds a special place in my heart as the first cocktail I encountered in my home bartending journey that I absolutely hated. But, as it’s been a few years, and I’ve become more accustomed to bitter ingredients, I wanted to see if my thoughts had changed. You can find the same Negroni recipe basically everywhere, but I enjoyed this video from Behind the Bar as an in-depth guide to the cocktail.
While this still isn’t my personal go-to gin cocktail, I was much more positive about this Negroni. In the past, I’ve been put off of the strong herbal bitter taste of Campari because it tastes like cough syrup to me, but I didn’t mind it this time. I think the sweetness of the Pergote Gin and sweet vermouth balanced out the bitterness, so I got more of the herbal notes. I wish I could have tasted more of the botanicals in Pergote, but the citrus does come through and blends well with the orange garnish.
It’s been a little while since I enjoyed drinking a gin neat as much as Pergote Gin, and I definitely recommend checking it out if you get a chance. The citrus, juniper and herbal notes are well balanced and refreshing on their own, but still work decently in cocktails. Just keep in mind that Pergote is quite sweet, so you might need to adjust the sweet ingredients accordingly.
The price and bottle size is another thing consider if you want to pick up a bottle of Pergote Gin. It’s only sold in 325 ml bottles for about $16 at Total Wine, which isn’t a bad price if you want to just check it out, but you’ll make about 5-6 drinks with this amount of spirit. This is perfectly fine for me, since it’s mostly just me in my household drinking cocktails, but there are probably more economical options if you want to make a bunch of cocktails.
As always, drink responsibly.