Just as the tri-border region of Western Germany combines geographically and culturally to create its own unique character, so, two brothers Denis Reinhardt and Erik Wimmers started a collaboration on the banks of the River Saar with their friends Andreas Vallendar of the 200 Years old Avadis Distillery, and Dorothee Zilliken of the 300 years old Zilliken Estate winery. The Ferdinand’s Gin story began among the ancient vines in 2013.
Named after the first local Royal Prussian District Forester Forester, Ferdinand Geltz, the Ferdinand’s brand takes its inspiration from the bountiful terroir of the Saar region. A timeless design and exquisite attention to detail in the crafting of the liquid, build upon a historical legacy of fine wines from world‘s most famous Riesling wine region.
Ferdinand’s is a true labour of love from the verdant valleys and vineyards of the Saar area in Western Germany. It’s unique process and botanical profile give it a quality and personality which set it apart from all other premium gins.
Ferdinand’s is craft distilled and hand bottled at the 5th generation Avadis Distillery in the beautiful Saar-mosel region of Western Germany. At its heart is a blend of locally grown and hand-picked vineyard botanicals and herbs. It is given a final, fruity flourish with the infusion of the finest Riesling wines from the nearby Zilliken Estate – Germany’s best wine makers 2016. Together with Egon müller and JJ Prüm estate, The Zillikens are one of the Top 3 Riesling estates worldwide, wine enthusiasts are the Top target group.
Ferdinand’s Saar Quince
Master Distiller Andreas Vallendar combines carefully hand-picked Riesling grapes from the Zilliken estate and over 30 finely balanced botanicals from the vineyards and our own cultivation.
Our Saar Quince is infused with 2011er Rausch Kabinett, which in 2013 was awarded 92 points by Gault Millau and was distinguished as the best cabinet wine of the year. The Royal Prussian District Forester Ferdinand Geltz not only gave his name to this Riesling-infused Saar Dry Gin but he was also the historical co-founder of the VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer growers’ group.
This golden Quince from the Saar symbolises the perfect balance between sweet, sour and bitter.
Size & Packing: 500ml x 6
ABV: 30%SKU: FER02-NV00500-GN
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
An award winning range of products from the 200 year old Avadis Distillery, infused with Riesling from the 275 year old Zilliken winery; Ferdinand’s owes its name to the Prussian District Forester, Ferdinand Geltz, who also co-founded the VDP Mosel Saar Ruwer Zilliken estate, one of Germany’s finest vineyards.
Carefully hand-picked Riesling grapes from the steep shale slopes of the Zilliken estate on the grand Saarburger Rausch site make our gin a unique taste experience.
Pot still production in small batches. The raw distillate produced from their own grain is distilled several times to form the basis for a selection of 34 hand-picked herbs, spices and fruits, which are carefully macerated to produce an eau-de-vie. The addtional use of a steam infusion of freshly harvested herbs, adds unique fresh floral notes to their gin, which is rounded off with a precise measure of Schiefer Riesling. Having been left to rest for a period of 4 weeks in stoneware, Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is set to a drinking strength of 44% abv using deminerlised water, then finally bottled.
Ingredients: 34 regional botanicals (thyme, sloe, rose hip), pot still distilled, proprietary grain spirit made from a blend of wheat, rye and spelt, Riesling wine infused.
Tasting Note: Aromas of pine and juniper, pungent lavender, lemongrass, lemon meringue, vanilla and coriander
Size & Packing: 500ml x 6
ABV: 44%SKU: FER01-NV00500-GN
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin Cask Strength
Without deviating from the fruity and floral character of the signature Dry Gin, Ferdinand’s Cask Strength is bottled at a devilish 66.6% abv.
This very special bottling gives the perfect combination of potency and flavour, making it a must-stock item for the World’s best bartenders.
Notes of juniper, lemon thyme and lavender predominate. The high alcohol content wonderfully emphasizes these aromas and gives extra bite to a Dry Martini.
Size & Packing: 500ml x 6
ABV: 66.6%SKU: FER04-NV00500-GN
Craft Gin, Gift Ideas
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin (Travel Set)
With our Ferdinand’s G&T Travellers Set you can make the perfect gin & tonic on your own journeys and also at home with friends. As well as a handsome copper mug and copper jigger (measurer) for the perfect proportions for your gin & tonic, you also get an unusual and practical two-part copper bar spoon. Of course, a 50cl bottle of Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin and a 20cl bottle of Tonic Water from Doctor Polidori are also included in the set.SKU: FER88-SET0001-XX
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin Goldcap
An award winning range of products from the 200 year old Avadis Distillery, infused with wines from the 275 year old Zilliken winery; Ferdinand’s owes its name to the Prussian District Forester, Ferdinand Geltz, who also co-founded the VDP Mosel Saar Ruwer Zilliken estate, one of Germany’s finest vineyards.
Only the heart of the once-a-year distillation finds its way into Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Goldcap. Dried Riesling grapes, mirabelles, cocoa beans, acacia shoots grown in their own forest and pears from the Saar, give this exta-small batch gin a very special character of its own.
Only the highest award winning Zilliken wines sold at auction, are used for the infusion.
36 regional botanicals, pot still distilled, proprietary grain spirit made from a blend of wheat, rye and spelt. Fragrant, natural notes of lavender and lemongrass, with a touch of citrus following shortly after. Flavours of lemons, limes and thyme with warming notes of ginger.
Size & Packing: 500ml x 6 * On Allocation
ABV: 49%SKU: FER03-NV00500-GN