The Il Gin del Professore line of gins are designed to be reminiscent of the older style of macerated gins. A collab between Antica Distilleria Quaglia (producers of Grappa and Vermouth) and the Jerry Thomas Speakeasy in Rome, it leverages Antica’s expertise in Vermouth making to create a gin that straddles the line between aperitif and gin. Botanicals are macerated directly in grape spirit, making it in an Old Tom in the bathtub/compounded style.
Gin del Professore à la Madame uses a more floral selection of botanicals and is designed to be a “feminine” counterpoint to their Gin Monsieur offering. All the juniper is grown in Italy. The Madame variation includes a couple relatively unusual botanicals. Tansy is a wildflower, common in Europe that was seen in 19th century cocktail manuals as a good ingredient to macerate in gin. Zedoary, or white turmeric, is native to Southeast Asia and is described as having an “aroma of mango” but the “flavor of ginger.”