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Gin of the month: Audemus Esprit d'Eté

If you've developed a bit of a collector's habit when it comes to gin here's a truly limited edition one of which only 200 bottles were originally made

It's called Audemus Esprit d'Eté (spirit of summer) and was the winning gin in last year's Waitrose Drinks festival. Laura Parton and Joseph Blenkinsop picked the botanicals which include bergamot, orange peel and galangal which gives it a refreshing citrussy character while retaining its essential 'ginnyness' - something that's by no means true of all new gins. With an ABV of 43% it also makes a good gin and tonic (I used Fevertree's original which lets the fragrant, summery. orange flavour come through)

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If you miss out - and I'd get in quick given the website is claiming there are only 194 bottles - French owned distillery Audemus also makes a delicious pink pepper gin. The Esprit d'Eté costs £39 online from Waitrose Cellar. Expensive but worth it.

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