Tell us a bit about your signature spirit, Palma Gin. How is it produced? What makes it so deeply rooted in Mallorcan tradition? Why the name?
After the design, comes the flavour of our products. We wanted our gin to give a taste of the island to anyone who drinks it. With this in mind, we started to look for products and plants that grow naturally here and we worked very hard to create a gin which, in our opinion, represents Mallorca and its delicate flowers, citrus fruit, and its soil.
Palma gin includes seven local botanicals: almond flowers, orange leaves, tomato branches, orange and lemon peels, and junipers. These botanicals together with our other seven organic botanicals are what makes this gin both unique and delicious.
Using locally sourced, organic produce also afforded us the opportunity to work with local farmers. At the moment we’re working with an organic farmer who will soon be able to provide us with almost all of the products we need for our gin right here on the island. This is more of a longer-term goal but we have the intention of building a company which can really give back to the island, by helping local farmers in this way, and also lending a hand when they need help at harvest time.
You have created a limited-edition Winter Gin – what's in it? Are you planning on creating any other limited-edition spirits?
Our winter-warming, oak-aged gin is a twist on our Palma gin recipe. Once distilled, the gin is then aged in oak barrels which previously stored wine from the local Manto Negro grapes in Binissalem. As a winter special, we have also added some festive spices including vanilla, cinnamon and cloves – the perfect treat to enjoy on a cold winter evening.
In autumn, we will be launching another oak-aged gin as a limited edition. However, if it goes well we could keep this as one of our base products. Other than that, we will be launching limited edition spirits and liquors in the future.
We've also heard that you're making a brand new Palma Vodka. What's different about it? When will it be available?
It is available now! Using organic wheat spirit, we blend Mallorcan water from the Tramuntana mountains with a touch of salt from the Flor de Sal pans in Es Trenc to create our unique tasting Organic Vodka.
The unique flavour profile comes from the Flor de Sal salt, which captures the subtle essence of the Mediterranean Sea. The result is a well-rounded, slightly sweet vodka with a perfectly balanced finish, gifting a taste of the island in every bottle. Palma Organic Vodka is a unique premium product, made from the island, for the island.
Your bottles feature a gorgeous design, what's the inspiration?
Our goal was to take all the island had to offer and in some way capture this in the feeling, look and flavour of all of our products. We want our products to really represent the historic and vibrant city of Palma and the beautiful island of Mallorca.
Take the design of the bottle, for example, we went to a family-run Mallorcan business in Campos, Huguet, where they’ve been making tiles on the island for over 80 years. It was a key inspiration for the starting point for our stunning tile design. Then, the logo is inspired by the rose window in the cathedral, La Seu, the most iconic place in Palma. The bottles are all printed with organic ink, where we also tell you a little more about our gin on the back, in Mallorcan, Spanish, and English – respecting local languages is something we feel to be important.
Where can we find Mallorca Distillery's products? Any bars or shops?
We are in some boutique hotels, bars and restaurants in Mallorca including La Residencia and Club del Gourmet in El Corte Inglés.