Our Gin

Our Gin

For over a year Kit and Joseph tirelessly composed different blends of botanicals, working closely with local farmers and suppliers to best understand the terroir and aromas that truly represent Hong Kong – whilst achieving the ultimate harmony and balance of complex flavour. The result is a bottle of gin that captures the very heart and soul of Hong Kong. A small sip is enough to transport you to the blossoming breezy summer in the colourful streets of Hong Kong, wherever you may be. Inspired botanicals from the heritage of Hong Kong are harmoniously coupled with classically recognised gin tones to create the sumptuous and refreshing aromas of Perfume Trees Gin. Since it’s launch, Perfume Trees Gin has been awarded in almost every major competition in the world.

NOTABLE AWARDS

  • 2020 World Gin Awards
    Best Design Label
  • 2019 Gin Masters Asia (UK)
    Gold
  • 2019 World Gin Award (UK)
    Best Contemporary Dutch Gin
  • 2019 International Wine and Spirits Competition (UK)
    90 pts
  • 2019 Gin Masters (UK)
    Silver
  • 2019 China Wine and Spirits Association
    Double Gold
  • 2019 SIP Award (USA)
    Platinum - Best Of Class (Gin)

White Champaca Flowers (白蘭花)

White Champaca Tree is nicknamed “Perfume Tree” for its elegant fragrances, these trees once were found all over the city. As we are encapsulating stories of a generation, what better choice other than life undeath the Perfume Trees.

Perfume Tress blossom is a humble plant that supports the living of elder lady in Hong Kong and were sold around the city’s street corners. But the essential oil of Champaca was also known as the most expensive essential oil in the world, and was often used as ingredient of the world’s most premium perfumes.

As we know it, most other gin brands use dried botanicals. It also happens that White Champaca flower and a very short shelve life, roughly 6-7 hours before it wilts when leaving in room temperature. In a place like Hong Kong where industrial agriculture has moved abroad, trying to source a steady supply has been a challenge. It took us almost one year looking to find a reliable supply of organic flower farm in Taiwan.

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Sandalwood (檀香)

In part, Hong Kong owes this fragrant ingredient its name. If you look at what ‘Hong Kong’ actually means, it translates quite literally to ‘Fragrance Harbour’. This pays homage to the city’s long history as a port town and a place of trade for spices and fragrant goods from all over the world. This included Indian sandalwood! If you visit temples in Hong Kong today, they’re filled with the scent of this ingredient.

A historical memory of the aromatic woods that once flowed through our island harbour, leading to its name of the Port of Fragrance, and still used in temples around the corners of Hong Kong. We source our sandalwood from “Wing Lee 永利檀香”, providing incense sticks for over a century.

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15 Year Old Aged Tangerine Peel
(15年陳皮)

If you walk the streets of Hong Kong in the summer, you’ll see bunches of tangerines drying in the sun. As a common Chinese proverb says, aged tangerine peel is worth its weight in gold. Kit and Joseph source aged tangerine peel from a local family business called “Tung Cheong 同昌海味”. First opened in 1971, three generations of the Cheong family have worked there, treating tangerine peels.

Albert of Tung Cheong smiles, “We first opened in 1971, but my family has been in the business for over a century. Traditionally aged tangerine has been to infuse wine in China, but this is the first time it has been used to make a gin.” The aging process softens the bitterness of the peel, and through trial and error, the folk at Cheong have discovered that 15 years is the perfect length of time to cultivate the best citrusy fragrance and flavour. Albert explains, “People often have the misconception that the older the tangerine is, the better it smells. But that’s not always true! You can’t tell by just looking at the surface, you have to break a piece open to release the scent.”

Traditional gin contains citrus notes, often lemon or grapefruit peels. We selected a signature citrus ingredient from the east, aged Tangerine peel. The bitterness of the tangerine peel has been softened by its long aging process, leaving only the sweet citrusy flavour that has become a traditional seasoning with medicinal properties throughout southern Chinese culture.

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Long Jing Green Tea
(龍井茶)

Also known as the ‘dragon well tea’, longjing green tea is fragrant and sweet. Kit and Joseph source the potent botanical from ‘’Ming Heung Tea茗香茶莊’’. Michael of Ming Heung says, “I have been working in the tea industry for my whole life, ever since I could remember. The business started in 1963 with my dad selling tea leaves on his bike. My dad eventually met two teachers, who taught him to master the principles of making good tea.” He passed on that knowledge to his children, and today Ming Heung trades the very finest teas, including the longjing tea in your April gin. Michael smiles, “Our longjing tea is known for it’s freshness.”

As with everything in Perfume Trees gin, we have carefully selected a premium tea blend of Long Jing green tea from a traditional tea house of over 50 years old in Hong Kong to give a strong and flavourful foundation to the gin.

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Chinese Angelica
(當歸)

A lesser known ingredient that is traditional used in gin is western angelica, used to help fix the collective flavours. We have chosen instead to use Chinese angelica, a distinctive warm, earthy and liquorice has been used providing a longer after taste with a hint of Chinese herbal aroma.

It is important to us to work with small local producers and family businesses, especially those based in Hong Kong. These local botanicals require consistence, and these time-honoured vendors do give us confidence on that. Theses family business has spent many generations to preserve certain flavours, and we simply want to bring these flavours to the rest of the world. An olfactory journey through our beloved city.

Where are
The flavors From?

Hong Kong
Indonesia
India
Uzbekistan
Ukraine
Turkey
Bosnia - Herzegovina
Morocco
Guatemala
Taiwan
  • White Champaca Flowers (白蘭花)

  • 15 Year Old Aged Tangerine Peel
    (15年陳皮)

  • Long Jing Green Tea
    (龍井茶)

  • Chinese Angelica
    (當歸)

  • CINNAMON

  • Sandalwood (檀香)

  • CORIANDER SEED

  • LIQUORICE

  • LEMON PEEL

  • GRAPEFRUIT PEEL

  • JUNIPER BERRY

  • ORRIS ROOT

  • GREEN CARDAMOM POD

  • White Champaca Flowers (白蘭花)