Yes Erin O’Leary and Debbie Rizzo, we finally got our key to The Chicago Launch of No. 3 London Dry Gin at Japonais Restaurant (600 W. Chicago Ave.).
It was chilly, it was breezy. But these external factors were perceived as opportunities to enjoy a much deserved “break” from routines. So two ladies (VT boss Veronica and myself) trekked to Japonais Restaurant in Chicago to attend the launching of No. 3 London Dry Gin, interesting yes. I knew Titah V could only handle a glass of martini; I was game and undaunted, I had Gilbey’s Gin before. Very visible that evening was the Creator of No. 3, David King. I had a great time interviewing Mr. King for the CelebrEATy Circle, he was very animated, fun and enthusiastic. We focused on 2 tall bottles of No. 3 London Dry Gin and King’s Ginger — the No. 3 London Dry Gin derives its finest dry gin tastes from three fruits (juniper, Spanish orange peel and grapefruit peel) and three spices (angelica root, Moroccan coriander and cardamom). No. 3 refers to the address in St James’s Street, London, which has been the home of Berry Bros. & Rudd, possibly the world’s oldest wine and spirits merchant. The objective is for No. 3 to be at the heart of the finest Dry Martinis. King’s Martini (No. 3 Gin, King’s Ginger Liqueur and Twist of Orange) was simply divine. With intermittent offerings of sushi, sliders, sesame chicken teriyaki skewers, King’s Martini was perfect. Check out No. 3 London Dry Gin on your next trip to your favorite liquor stores. Ok, in case you really wanted to know, I made it back in one piece to Crystal Lake that same evening, lol.
I asked one bartender to show me the bottle…and I saw the familiar key symbol…neat indeed!
the appetizers were fab…sliders, sushi, chicken skewers, yummm…and the servers were all smiles (most specially Jamelah!).
everyone’s having a blast…martini gets top billing that night…drink after drink…creator of No.3 London Dry Gin, David King was simply awesome.
oh and not to forget…Boss V had a good intake ratio of martini and good eats…
What’s a dry martini? It’s gin and vermouth stirred in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes and then strained into a cocktail glass and served with an olive or lemon twist garnish. Here’s a Dukes Classic Dry Martini recipe:
1 teaspoon Extra Dry Vermouth
85 ml No.3 Gin
Pour the Extra Dry Vermouth into a frozen martini glass and coat in a circular motion. Top up the glass with ice cold No. 3 Gin. Pare the rind of a lemon and give it a twist to extract the oils into the glass.
Simple and yes, very memorable…sips after sips!
No. 3 London Dry Gin Creator, David King made sure I took home these 2 bottles — No. 3 Gin and King’s Ginger Liquer, now that’s a wrap!
Anchor Brewers and Distillers, in conjunction with Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits Ltd are delighted to announce the eagerly anticipated release of No. 3 London Dry Gin in the Chicago market. With juniper at its heart, No. 3 unashamedly celebrates the integrity and character of traditional London Dry Gin, featuring just three fruits and three spices distilled in traditional copper pot stills.
• Juniper, from Italy, gives the unmistakable gin taste of pine and lavender.
• Sweet Spanish Orange peel provides freshness in the form of clean, crisp citrus.
• Angelica root adds an earthy quality and gin’s signature dry character.
• Moroccan Coriander seed releases a lemon flavour during distilling as well as adding a spicy, slightly peppery finish.
• Grapefruit peel provides an extra lift of citrus.
• Cardamom pods add a spicy, aromatic, yet warm bite.
Great care has been taken to determine the right recipe, source the finest ingredients and work with highly experienced distillers and experts to produce an impeccable gin at 46% ABV.
“No.3 is unmistakably traditional London Dry Gin,” says David King, Creator of No.3. “By traditional we mean gin that tastes as gin should, with juniper at its heart. We are determined that No.3 will be the last word in gin for a Dry Martini. To achieve this we collaborated with one of the world’s authorities in the art and science of gin distillation, Dr David Clutton, as well as a panel of gin specialists, writers and mixologists”.
Nose: Bright, crisp and fresh with an uplifting welcome of juniper.
Palate: Juniper to the fore, supported by floral, summery notes and spicy, warm flavours of cardamom. There is plenty of citrus zing; grapefruit and sweet orange contribute a sharp fruitiness, complemented by the soft gingery spiciness of coriander.
Finish: The earthy dryness of angelica kicks in.
Comment: The texture and mouth-feel demonstrate No. 3’s credentials as a gin of exquisite pedigree and superlative breeding.
No.3 refers to the address in St James’s Street, London, which has been the home of Berry Bros. & Rudd, possibly the world’s oldest wine and spirits merchant, since 1698. The inspiration for the key on the bottle comes from that used to open the door of The Parlour, one of the oldest rooms in the shop. Notable dignitaries such as Lord Byron, William Pitt, and Napoleon III are all thought to have dined there over the past three centuries.
The objective is for No. 3 to be at the heart of the finest Dry Martinis in the most prestigious establishments throughout the United States. No.3 is already proudly served in the finest bars in London, and quickly gaining notoriety stateside in San Francisco.
About Anchor Brewers & Distillers
Anchor Brewers & Distillers is the result of the amalgamation ofAnchor Brewing Company, Anchor Distilling Company, Berry Bros. & Rudd and Preiss Imports. With a portfolio of brands that is second to none, Anchor Brewers & Distillers aim to be the bridge between the world’s finest producers of craft beers and distilled spirits, and the USA’s most discerning trade customers and consumers. From a distillation perspective, AB&D is dedicated to creating very small batches of traditionally distilled spirits of many types and styles, and occasionally experiments with completely new products. AB&D is also an exclusive importer of the finest specialty spirits from around the world, representing a diverse portfolio of truly authentic products. http://www.anchordistilling.com
About Berry Bros. & Rudd
Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop for over 300 years. Despite Berrys’ history and the continuation in the belief in traditional standards of service and quality, it is also extremely innovative. Members of the Berry and Rudd families continue to own and manage the family-run wine merchant business and uphold the traditions and qualities of this special company. http://www.bbr.com