Disaronno International has announced the launch of a new Italian gin, inspired by motorsports and hand-crafted with 100% organic Italian ingredients. EnGINe Gin is the creation of fashion and spirits entrepreneur Paolo Dalla Mora, who drew inspiration from his love of classic cars and motorcycles and his enjoyment of traditional North Italian flavors, blending them together into a spirit packaged in a tin vessel.
Made in small lots in Langhe, the heart of Italy’s automobile industry, EnGINe Gin incorporates traditional Italian botanicals, including Ligurian sage, lemon, licorice root, and damask rose. Vacuum distillation using a rotary evaporator preserves the most delicate aromas and flavors, allowing the true character of the gin to come through.
Drawing on its founder’s love of motorsports, the gin is packaged in a tin oil can that evokes the classic age of automobiles.
“The idea to develop EnGINe stems from a union of my two great passions, the world of motors and spirits, a market I have worked in for over ten years. For some time, I had in mind a beverage project and one day, while I was working on my bike in the garage in Barbaresco drinking a cup of the traditional Langa digestive with hot water, lemon peel and sage leaves, I thought it would be interesting to reproduce those very flavors in an alcoholic version and taste it in a long drink,” said Paolo Dalla Mora, Founder of EnGINe Gin. “Once the formula was defined with the help of expert hands and good palates, I started imagining what the aesthetics of the project could be and, considering that it all took shape in my garage, I thought it would be suitable for EnGINe to have an identity that went in another direction with respect to the transparency that spirits look for today—something dirtier, unexpected, capable of completely distorting the concept of a bottle. EnGINe is, in fact, the first gin in a tin container, and with its strong, decisive spirit, it radically contrasts with a gin aesthetic which instead is becoming increasingly limpid, pure and clean.”
EnGINe Gin offers distinctly Italian flavors, with lemon and sage contrasting with classic juniper notes, supported by licorice and rose. The brand recommends trying it in a gin and tonic, garnished with a fresh sage leaf, or in other classic gin cocktails, such as a Martini or Negroni.
Bottled at 42% ABV, EnGINe Gin carries a suggested retail price of $29.99. It will be available nationwide at fine retail stores and through the brand’s official website.