Far more than just vodka's botanically infused offspring, gin is a spirit as diverse in taste as it is (commonly) clear in colour. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Australia, where cities like Sydney host a multitude of incredible\u00a0gin bars. Indeed, it's inside these bars that you'll discover a surprisingly impressive array of flavours and styles. Throw in a splash of a tonic with a lime wedge and you have yourself a perfect summertime sipper. Of course, if you'd rather drink your gin neat or in a martini with a lemon twist, we certainly won't stop you. Speaking of a lemon twist, Malfy Gin Originale is simply bursting with lemon flavour. It hails from Italy--where gin was born--and it's our Spirit of the Month for April 2018. Read on for background and tasting notes.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll also like:\r\nSpirit of the Month January \u201918 \u2013 Laphroaig Triple Wood\r\nSpirit of the Month February \u201918 \u2013 Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosi Mezcal\r\nSpirit of the Month March \u201918 \u2013 George T. Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHistory\r\nIn 11th century Italy, some crafty monks on the Salerno Coast added juniper and a variety of other botanicals to their clear alcohol, and gave birth to the world's first gin. Here we are centuries later and the zesty spirit is still being crafted on Italy's native soil, in a small town just outside the city of Torino. Specifically, we're speaking of Torino Distillati, which has been in operation since 1906. Run by the Vergnano family along with two Master Distillers, Torino Distillati produces a range of quality spirits. Among them is Malfy Gin Originale (and Gin Con Limone).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTorino Distillati owner Carlo Vergnano and co-Master Distiller Beppe Ronco were inspired to craft Malfy Gin during their many hikes up Monviso Mountain in the Province of Cuneo. Not only is Monviso's peak the highest in the Cottian Alps, but it can be seen from Vergnano's distillery. It was up here in the mountains that the two men came upon wild juniper and pristine spring water. That would lead them to use juniper, five other botanicals,\u00a0Monviso spring water and coastal grown Italian lemons when producing Malfy Gin.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nTasting\r\nLook underneath the MALFY banner on the label bottle and you'll find the letters G.Q.D.I, which stand for 'Gin di Qualita Distiillato in Italia'. To earn such a distinguished stamp, Malfy Gin uses local ingredients and then distills their product on site in stainless steel vacuums. As a result, the spirit duly retains its citrusy essence, and no shortage of botanical flavour.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThanks to its pungent lemon flavour, Malfy Gin Originale makes for the ideal base ingredient in a martini with lemon twist, or classic gin and tonic. Some might even compare the spirit to limoncello, a popular Italian liqueur that delivers a much sweeter and more puckery taste. By contrast, Malfy Gin Originale reels in the sweetness factor and rounds out the citrus flavour with traditional botanical elements. Here's a breakdown:\r\n\r\nNose:\u00a0On the nose is a sharp blend of citrusy lemon and vibrant botanicals.\r\n\r\nTaste:\u00a0At first sip comes a clean blast of lemon and sugar, trailed by refreshing botanicals. The spirit also retains a slight effervescence when sipped neat.\r\n\r\nFinish:\u00a0The lemon flavour loses some steam toward the end, giving way to the botanicals for a refreshing, traditional finish.\r\n\r\nWith its palatable citrus element, Malfy Gin Originale quickly distinguishes itself from the standard fare. That said, traditional gin flavour is not lost, making this spirit balanced, unique and familiar at once. And while an original martini or regular gin and tonic might seem like an obvious route to take with Malfy Gin, I paired the spirit with a squeeze of fresh lemon and splash of simple syrup. The results were downright extraordinary, almost like full proof limoncello minus any dense or syrupy overtones. However, with or without accompaniments, this one's a definite winner for all the gin lovers out there.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll also like:\r\nSpirit of the Month January \u201918 \u2013 Laphroaig Triple Wood\r\nSpirit of the Month February \u201918 \u2013 Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosi Mezcal\r\nSpirit of the Month March \u201918 \u2013 George T. Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.