On the banks of the Minho River around Valença, lush wild flora grows amid a series of streams and hamlets that captivate nature and landscape lovers alike. João Guterres strolled through the countryside and decided to create a gin with the herbs and fruits he had collected. - But something was missing, something special, and so João waited until the end of October, for a unique fruit reserved only for Valença. He waited for the fruit of the pericos. Pericos are pear-like fruits that only grow on trees in Valença, the "escramboeiros". A 90-day maceration, the use of rye and barley and a slow triple distillation give this gin its unique character. Botanicals: Perico (Portuguese pyrus), dill, poppy, lavender, oranges, lemons, catnip, willow leaves, laurel, elderberry, rosemary, pickleweed, eucalyptus, lemon balm, lemon bush, blackberries.Tasting notes:Colour: Straw yellow. Nose: Spicy, herbs, sweet grapes, hint of orange peel. Taste: Spicy, cloves, cardamom, juniper, hints of port. Finish: Long lasting, notes of citrus flavours.