What did you do before creating your gin?
I was born and raised in Capri, in a family that has always been from the island. I originally come from the fashion industry – my family has run a Capri-style clothing shop in the main square in Capri called La Parisienne for 120 years.
What made you decide to create your gin, and what's the inspiration behind it?
I've always had a passion for gin, but the biggest inspiration has always been my island, Capri. Through the gin I produced I wanted to communicate the authenticity and history of the island from a very personal point of view, and at the same time I tried to bring into the gin what for me is the true essence of the island that maybe not everyone knows.
Can you tell us more about the distillery you work with and the distillation process?
Without any doubt, to represent Capri in a gin we chose one of Italy's finest distilleries, Distilleria Quaglia. We thought that by combining the best quality botanicals harvested on the island of Capri with the distillation expertise of Distilleria Quaglia we would create a unique product. Caprisius is a distilled gin, but with a very particular touch because of the use of sea salt.
What is the inspiration behind the botanicals that you use?
We wanted to bring the experience of a traveler visiting Capri for the first time.... From arrival by boat (first moment of tasting the gin) you will feel the taste of the sea breeze before going ashore and up the paths where you can smell the scent of gardens and finally the citrus of our lemons in the hills.
Capri is an island, and we, the island's inhabitants, live with the sea all year round. For this reason I decided to imprint Caprisius with the taste of the sea. It has been a very difficult challenge and we are proud of the final result.
What have been the biggest challenges/achievements, or your favourite story so far?
The biggest challenge for sure was making the Special Edition bottle that is in the shape of the famous Faraglion Rocks. It took many years to make it but we are very satisfied with the result and I must say it is very appreciated. Another challenge was the realisation of the recipe - we wanted the sea salt to be perceived and characterised without covering other flavours. We really created something unique that is giving us a lot of satisfaction.
How would you describe your gin in 3 words?
Sea, summer, and of course Capri!
What's your favourite way to drink your gin?
Of course in a Gin & Tonic, and our Caprisius Gin always leaves its distinctive note when mixed. I particularly appreciate it in a Negroni and in a London Mule that we call Capri mule. The savoury note really manages to give a different and special twist that really surprises!
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
I have always appreciated Italian Gin... we are creating some of the most unique spirits in the world!
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