What did you do before creating Hexagone Gin?
I used to be a Senior Ingredients Buyer for an international group in the food/beverage industry. I sourced ingredients across the world for the beverages in Europe.
What made you decide to create your gin, and what's the inspiration behind Hexagone?
I have been thinking about this gin concept for years, but I loved my job, my projects, my team. I always had this idea in the back of my head and especially in my phone where I wrote and I updated the whole concept of Hexagone Gin. I’m a gin lover and 5 years ago when I actually started to think of this project I made a market observation, which is that I could't find a French, organic gin with a wine alcohol base and floral, citrus and spicy notes.
During the first lockdown, my wife was offered a professional opportunity in the south of France. We had discussed it at length and she asked me "but if I accept this offer, what are you going to do?" I answered her without thinking - it would be time to launch the brand of gin that I've been bothering you about for all these years! We moved from Paris to Toulouse, worked very hard and I'm very proud to have launched Hexagone Gin.
Can you tell us more about the distillation process and botanicals?
All the botanicals use in the Hexagone Gin are organic certified. I really wanted the top quality, sustainable ingredients for the creation of this gin. We make the gin with the same principles as for a wine, i.e. by blending. All the ingredients are distilled separately then assembled like a wine in order to find the perfect balance and structure.
What have been the biggest challenges and achievements so far?
My gosh…launching your own spirits brand is a very complicated and exciting challenge and journey. I faced a lot a of challenges, such as some issues with sourcing my ingredients, challenges with my glass bottle supplier, and with the authorities… but I will rather keep in mind the best achievement! Creating a gin from scratch. Once I had the bottle in my hand for the first time I almost cried with joy. It was a fantastic and very proud moment. The next best moment was when someone told me that my gin was the best gin that they ever had - this is a beautiful feeling. And now my gins have been awarded as Winners in the Contemporary Gin category and Aged Gin categories of The Gin Guide Awards 2022.
How would you describe your gins in 3 words?
French, organic and delicious.
What's your favourite way to drink your gins?
For our Original Gin, I would like to say either in a Gin & Tonic, with a nice classic tonic and a garnish like lime peel, or in Negroni. For our Signature Gin, either neat/on ice or in Negroni. I love Negronis!
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf (other than your own of course!)?
The Botanist Gin, Tanqueray 10 Gin and Ki No Bi.
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