Zanzibar, the spice paradise. This is how we discovered our turmeric gin
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania, which we call in this country Holiday paradise, spice island and as the birthplace of the great Freddy Mercury know. We fell in love with this place many years ago - we like the East African way of life, which initially triggers a little culture shock for visitors from rainy and cool Hamburg. We also have this stark contrast in ours Tumeric Gin Captured: You can taste the warm spiciness of the turmeric, at the same time the typically bitter note of the juniper berry plays with your senses. The sharpness of the pink berries catalyzes the force of aromas and releases them bit by bit as you enjoy them.
The aroma of the spice island
In the tropical climate on the coast of the Indian Ocean, exotic plants and spices thrive. There is hardly a better way for guests to get to know the island and its nature than at one Spice tour through the plantations and forests to participate. We explored the taste of Zanzibar and experienced firsthand how Vanilla, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and of course turmeric grown and processed by hand on the island. You never forget the smell of freshly picked turmeric roots.
An extraordinary agriculture
Many plants are cultivated in Zanzibar that we consume every day but do not really notice them. Almost all of the equipment on a well-stocked European spice rack is grown on the island, and all of them could theoretically be used as the botanical for gin.
Typical agricultural products from the Zanzibar archipelago
- Black pepper
First hand tropical fruits
Fruits and citrus peels can also be used as botanicals in gin. However, we do without fruity notes and stay spicy and full of character.
- Star fruit
- Okra pods
So Many Choices - Why Turmeric?
Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and its smell is slightly reminiscent of a good gin with ginger ale. Among all the aromas, smells and tastes of Spice Island, turmeric stood out for us on the spot. From small leftovers that we flew in to Hamburg as souvenirs, we created our first bottle by chance Turmeric Gin. At this point we were only one letter away from our own brand: Tumeric sounds to us like turmeric, Zanzibar, joy and taste.