Malfy Gin – Gin from Italy distilled with lemons
The poster-child of Italian decadence and a ocean-side lifestyle. The crisp blue and yellow branding screams Italian clichés of fast cars, ocean breezes and tanned bodies.
I can close my eyes and picture rows of sun loungers topped with miles and miles of brown legs crisscrossed over Italian-leather sandals and bold sarongs as tall G&Ts are sipped from under wide-rimmed sun hats as the crashing waves provides the background to passionate chatter.
Part of the romance of the brand is the claim that gin was invented in Italy in the 11th centruy by monks on the Salerno Coast. The monks added Juniper and other botanicals (herbs and fruit) to the alcohol and in this way gin was born.
About the Distillery
The Malfy Distillery is i nMoncalieri, just outside the city of Torino – an area famed for the production of wine and spirits. Established in 1906, Torino Distillati is run by the Vergano Family, Carlo, his wife Piera and their children, Rita and Valter. The two distillers are Beppe Ronco and Denis Muni – they have the task of combining the traditional and modern methods of gin production to extract the most flavour and obtain a clear product from their secret ingredient.
About the lemons
The sight of lemons in Italy is not strange, however the incredible landscape changes from brown hues of the north to the Mediterranean landscape of the south where the dark leaves and bright fruit change the look and feel of the country. The lemon tree is a symbol of sun-soaked, poetic southern Italy.
Malfy uses a selecion of coastal-grown lemons – some from Amalfi and some from Sicily to give the gin a fresh and zesty aroma.
Malfy gin is produced with Italian Juniper and a mixture of botanicals including coriander, angelica and cassia bard.
Malfy Christmas Cake
I’ve never been one to enjoy a fruit-laden, brandy-soaked, Christmas Cake topped with a thick nauseating Marzipan layer but this year I’ve given in to the concept of fresh and zesty.
Here’s a gin-mas cake recipe which does not conform to the tradition, however this version makes use of the Italian spirit of the Mediterranean; click here.