Local gins that come with unique Asian flavour.
01 TANGLIN ORCHID GIN
Based in Mandai, this distillery uses two types of orchid in its gin – the powdered form of the dried stalk of the Dendrobium nobile (famous for being one of nine “immortality herbs” in Chinese medicine), and the vanilla orchid, which adds richness to the flavour. Another prominent botanical is the Indian amchoor, a dried powder made from unripe mangoes which gives the gin a prominent citrus note. www.tanglin-gin.com
02 PAPER LANTERN SICHUAN PEPPER GIN
From its distillery in Chiang Mai, the Singapore-based Paper Lantern Distilling craft spirits company uses Thai rice for its base spirit (relatively uncommon in the gin world) and combines botanicals like Sichuan peppercorns, makhwaen (prickly ash seeds), lemongrass, ginger and galangal with juniper for a gin that is spicy and fresh. Longan berry honey is added at the end for just a hint of sweetness. A gin unlike any other. www.drinkpaperlantern.com