It’s scientifically impossible for the bumblebee to fly; but the bumblebee, being unaware of these scientific facts, flies anyway. This is exactly the story about the newest Queen Bee in the fast growing Danish gin swarm. Two guys that over a decade have brewed their own beers in a shed outside Copenhagen, and suddenly got the idea to produce a commercial product. Instead of using their obvious skills for brewing starting up a micro-brewery, then the two friends decide to establish the ultra small-batch distillery; OriGin CPH, in their new beehive in the ‘new Gin Valley’ of Denmark; Måløv.
During this start up phase, the two friends again forgot that they actually were bumblebees, so instead of taking the easy solution and creating a bathtub gin or even using a simple fractional distillation process, then they actually started experimenting with the vacuum distillation method on own-made equipment. The development phase of the gin recipe started with a blank piece of paper and no prejudice gin-opinions, and just the desire of creating the perfect gin. After a preliminar test period with some simple extraction testing of different botanicals, then they suddenly had the recipe. No further time was wasted and the facility was located and the equipment was purchased.
The OriGin CPH ended up as unique, fresh and floral gin containing 18 individual distilled botanical (not all vacuum distilled). Eight traditionally gin botanicals such as juniper, orange peel and juice, angelica, coriander, liquorice root and not at least the sour aronia berries. Rest of the botanicals remains a business secret so there is a lot of room for the perfect game for all gin connoisseurs; ‘Guess a botanical’.
The people behind Origin CPH are perfectionists, and just as an example is the bottle. Why chose the same ‘Pharmacy bottle’ as all the other upcoming distilleries, when you can admire this wonderful tall and curved body…sorry bottle. The same thoughts behind the labels, instead of using a sticker label with the risk of air bubble during the labelling process, then they ordered the bottles printed, in that way the bottles radiate elegance and exclusivity.
Due to the gastronomic ultra small-batch production method, then the notes appear exceptionally bright with amazing layers of complexity. These characteristics require a neutral tonic for enjoying the full potentials of this unique gin. The neutral Gents Swiss roots Tonic Water intensify the citrus and liquorice notes from the gin, contemporary with the tonic leaving room for the gin to shine.
OriGin CPH thank you very much for the invitation to see your facility, hear your fascinating story and not at least tasting this fantastic gin, that definitely has defied all bumblebee theories. OriGin CPH is not just flying – it float like a butterfly, gin like a bee. Good luck on your fly.