When it comes to how and why I created Minus 33, taste was the prominent thought. I wanted to create the best tasting spirit and was willing to stop at nothing to ensure we had the liquid just perfect. The taste was decided on after a year of creating countless recipes and running samples through a panel of spirit lovers.
The spirit they chose as their favourite was a 33% product – lighter than what you’d expect from a traditional spirit, but the lower alcohol level allowed the more subtle flavours (floral and citrus) to come to the fore and create a better tasting, fuller more rounded flavour.
When distilling we remove a lot more of the heads (the first section of liquid that comes off the still) than most – this removes some of the harsher alcohols and leaves a smoother spirit. In fact it is this method that lends to a smoother spirit than the lower alcohol itself.
In a lot of spirits sugar is used to help counteract the harsh burn the alcohol brings, a burn that is compounded by the presence of very dry, spicy botanicals (another traditional element we avoided on the advice of our expert panellists). Sugar on a molecular level binds with the tongue before the alcohol and therefore reduces the burn effect. On a large industrial scale, a concentrated form of sugar is used, as removing too many of the heads isn’t cost effective. Luckily for you we put taste ahead of the economics and spare no expense in creating the best tasting liquid we can.
Sugar is obviously very high in energy / calories but sweetness was a quality our gin loving crowds enjoyed in the liquid so to keep the process as natural as possible we looked to nature to find a botanical that could help us bring that sweet edge and we didn’t have to look far. Liquorice Root! – Now if you are anything like me, you hate liquorice – I for one can’t tand it, but liquorice root is completely different, much like sugar cane is it fairly hard but full of sweetness – the difference is liquorice is a natural sweetener and very low in calories as a result it was a perfect, natural way for us to add a sweet edge without having to add sugar.
The result was a great tasting spirit that was lower in energy. So why is that even significant!? Well after fat, alcohol is the second densest form of energy and as a result not very good for you. Lots of you enjoy a low calorie mixer but it is the alcohol you should really be worried about. So by reducing the alcohol content and by adding no sugar we created one of the lightest spirits on the market and the lightest spirit in the UK. At 46 calories a serve you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that tastes this good that isn’t as bad for you.
Compare it to a double measure of another spirit and you can save up to 33 calories. Not the largest victory, but still, every little helps, and it may just help you justify having that third helping at the end of a long week.
Big on Taste and Low on Calories – Minus 33, the best of both worlds.