Santamania Gin - The folks behind Santanmanía are Javier Domínguez, Ramón Morillo and distiller Víctor Fraile. This is one of only five licensed craft distilleries in Spain and it is an absolute trail blazer that had to work through Spain’s bureaucracy for years to get their distillation licence in place. This gave the Santamania team plenty of time to work on the crafting of their spirits. Today the three core spirits offered are made in one-shot, single batches - distilled using the two on site, custom CARL copper stills called Vera and Lola.
Santamanía have gone to atypical lengths to control every step of the production process and to try to capture as much Spanish character as possible. To this end they source their own grape spirit – very unusual for gin producers – a base spirit distilled from Spanish Tempranillo; a homage to Spain’s tradition with the vine. Santamania’s 96° proof Tempranillo base creates funky magic when run through Vera’s copper still and rectification column, while also delivering a juicer texture than most grain-based gins. Víctor Fraile’s choice of botanicals – all hand sourced and mostly from organic Spanish suppliers – further underlines the two gins’ Iberian roots. And then there’s the water - shipped from the highest geographical point in Spain, the lava caves of Mount Teide, Tenerife. It’s the purest water to be found in Spain and it combines seamlessly with the spirit.