Le Tribute Gin is the freshest release to pour from the stills of Destilieras MG, a family run distillery in Vilanova, a quaint fishing village based around 50km from Barcelona. The distillery, established by the Giro family in 1835, is one of the oldest in Spain. Le Tribute Gin’s branding is no doubt inspired by the distillery’s history, as it spent its first hundred years creating syrups and medicines.
Back in 1940, then Master Distiller Manuel Giro created Gin MG, which remains to this day one of Spain’s best selling domestically made spirits. Manuel Sr’s grandsons, Marc and Manuel Jr, are now at the helm, and while they could happily have ridden the Gin MG train for years to come they were keen to get involved in the modern gin wave, specifically placing a focus on the super premium market. Their first foray into high end was a resounding success, with the fantastically transporting Gin Mare making a huge splash when it was released in 2007.
Almost a decade on, with the gin wave still in full surge, the brothers decided it was time for another product – this time with a matching tonic to boot. Le Tribute Gin (a tribute, by the way, to the pioneers, processes and heritage behind spirits – the LE stands for liquid experience) was born.