Who’s behind Kamm and Sons?
Alex Kammerling fell into the drinks industry by accident. He’d moved to London to pursue a career in sculpture and started working in a bar in order to pay the rent. He suddenly realised his passion had shifted focus and then he shifted gears writing for drinks magazines and then wrote a cocktail book.
After winning some cocktail competitions he decided it was time to make something of his own.
Where did it all start?
Alex hit upon the idea of producing a quintessential British aperitif similar to gin but with a lower ABV. It all started in his kitchen, infusing jars with this, that and the other, taking notes and trying to blend them together. It ended up being a two part process – the distilling and the infusion.
He distills a select 41 botanicals that include ginseng, fresh grapefruit peel and juniper and then blends in and infusion of wormwood, gentian and manuka honey.
The story of how the name and bottle came about a very family affair. The label design by Alex’s brother and the name happened after Alex gave his grandfather a glass to sample who said that it tasted like a herbal sweet his father used to give him as a child – hence the make came about.
What sets Kamm and Sons apart?
Ginseng is the consistent base note to the drink – it’s so distinctive. It’s woody, earthy and doesn’t really taste like anything else.
A definite honeyed aroma also lingering and a citrus freshness, your eyes and nose both tell you that the palate is in for a complex treat. With warming herbal anise and juniper notes to start, the bitterness develops in the mouth but remains restrained by citrus and honey tones that come into play and balance the whole thing out. The finish is long and mellow, making this an extremely enjoyable spirit to drink on the rocks.
One of the tastiest, most intriguing artisanal spirits I have ever enjoyed.
A more delicate Negroni
20ml Kamm & Sons
20ml Beefeater Gin
20ml Dry Sicilian white wine
20ml Merlet Poire
Pour all ingredients over cubed ice and stir well
Garnish with a twist of lemon peel