Make Mum Grin - With Gin!
Stuck for a gift idea for Mothers Day? Why not get her a wonderful bottle of Gin? It is most definitely guaranteed to make her grin from ear to ear. Currently, our range is sitting in the region of about 80 or so different Gins, many of which are small batch production. Whatever her preference, be it straight London Dry styles, flavoured, or anything else in between, we will have something to suit all tastes. The list below is by no means complete, with many only available in store.
Distilled by 45 West Distillers, Loughborough by Jamie Baxter Using 11 botanicals including Juniper, Silver Birch, Dandelion and Burdock, Elderberry and Iris.
Re-tasted: Feb 2016 Fresh and biscuity on the nose with plenty of citrus, juniper, elderberry and orange. It seems a little oiler and although fresh itâ€™s not quite as glacial as I remember it. However itâ€™s still very good.
Fresh and junipery with elderberry and very noticeable cardamom notes. Hints of cassia bark, orange and coriander seed come through on the middle. Lovely intensity with a long citrus and sweet-ish juniper finish.
Re-tasted: Feb 2016 Deeper and oilier than the Distillers Cut with a touch more biscuity spirit character. Hints of birch wood, cinnamon and coriander with a developing, light smokiness.
The palate is lightly oiled and a touch sweeter than the Distillers Cut with sweet juniper and drier spices. Hints of cassia bark, elderberry and coriander follow. A little bittering of the spices but the sweetness balances. Long and very citric with tongue tingling spices!
Features, preserved Japanese cherry blossom, hibiscus, rose and pink grapefruit. Tasted: Mar 2017 Very fresh and citric with noticeable grapefruit notes, sweet rose, hibiscus, elderflower and juniper.
The palate is fuller and oilier with hibiscus, pink grapefruit and berry notes. It develops a touch of softly bitter juniper and elderflower. Long, floral and bitter with lingering rose oil.
Potato Vodka base with juniper, kelp, carline thistle and blaeberry Named after the head distiller Kirsty Black Re-Tasted: Dec 2016 Full and starchy aromas of sweet juniper, herbal kelp, salt and citrus. Pleasantly fresh with a light berry note.
The palate is full , starchy and rounded with slightly smoky but sweet juniper, kelp, berries and salt. Lovely balance with a lightly spiced finish.
There are 47 ingredients that have found their way into the Monkey 47 Gin recipe, some of which are macerated in the base spirit and some vapour infused. Those botanicals that are native to the Black Forest are - angelica root, acacia flowers, bramble leaves, lingonberries and spruce shoots. The juniper berries come from the Mediterranean and the rest of the botanicals are: Six different types of pepper, acorus calamus, almond, bitter orange, blackberry, cardamom, cassia, chamomile, cinnamon, lemon verbena, cloves, coriander, cranberries, cubeb, dog rose, elderflower, ginger, Grains of Paradise, hawthorn berries, hibiscus abelmoshus, hibiscus syriacus, honeysuckle, jasmine, Kaffir lime, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, lemongrass, liquorice, mondara didyma, nutmeg, orris, pimento, pomelo, rosehip, sage and sloe berries. Batch 20/2016 Btl: Mar 2016 Tasted: May 2016 Pungent and oily aromas of slightly wheaty spirit with juniper, berries, cassia bark, spice and angelica. Intense and complex with hints of orange, lime, wood spice and floral notes.
The palate is soft and oily with plenty of spirit character as well as juniper, berry, cassia bark, cardamom, liquorice and orris root. Hints of citrus and wood spice come through on the middle. Long and citric with a slightly peppery spice finish.
Bottomley Distillers Lincolnshire
10 botanicals including: Juniper, Liquorice, Rose, Black Peppercorns, Lavender, Cucumber, Lemon and Orange Peel and Ground Almonds. Tasted: Aug 2017 A good balanced nose of juniper, crisp lemon, almonds and oily, almost wheaty spirit notes. With time the rose and black pepper notes appear.
The palate is quite oily and nutty with subtle notes of juniper, pepper and sweet spirit. Rounded and mouth-filling with a balancing citrus character. Long and spicy with hints of cucumber and lavender in the after-taste.
Tasted: Apr 2018 A very subtle sweet strawberry nose with starchy spirit notes. Slightly bitter juniper follows along with a touch of coriander, cardamom, nutmeg and liquorice root.
The palate is earthy with straw-like subtly sweet strawberry and hints of creamy/ starchy spirit. Good intensity of juniper, along with hints of coriander, nutmeg, liquorice root and a floral hibiscus-like note. Good length with the strawberry returning in the finish. This definitely has plenty of character.
Re-Tasted: Sept 2013 A very complex, fresh and herbal nose with smoky Juniper and orange/ lemon peel. Lightly oiled but pleasantly sweet with hints of hawthorn and perfumed elderflower and late notes of peppermint and thyme.
Lightly oiled and gently creamy on the palate with juniper, coriander, cassia bark spices up first followed by some angelica and sweet orange. Lovely building herbal freshness on the middle with a touch of peppermint and bog myrtle. Long, fresh finish with hints of elderflower and salt
Re-Tasted: Aug 2015 Intense and starchy aromas with juniper, elderflower, lime, coriander and dry spice. Slightly smoky with a lovely balance.
The palate is quite fresh and citric with a touch of starchy spirit character noticeable. Hints of juniper, vanilla, coriander, earthy spice and smoke. Like the nose very pleasantly balanced.
Tasted Sept 2012 The base spirit is produced from Cider apples into which they infuse a range of botanicals including: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Liquorice, Orrice, Orange, Lemon, Hops, Herefordshire Elderflower and Bramley apple. This is re-distilled in small batches with the vapours passing through the finest Seville orange peel for a subtle orange character.
A pleasantly fresh aroma of slightly floral botanicals, juniper and coriander seed. Lightly oiled with a very subtle, slightly crystalised orange note
Soft, yet crisp on the palate. The floral oils mingle with some gentle elderflower and botanicals. The very subtle zesty orange note only really comes through on the finish with a light sweetness, Good length and dry finish
Distilled in Wales using 18 botanicals, including juniper, red and white clover, coriander, gorse, rose petal, dandelion, clove, peppermint, fennel, star anise and angelica. Tasted: Jan 2017 Pungent, almost starchy spirit aromas with earthy juniper, rose, coriander, clove, pepper and peppermint. A very 'natural' nose.
The palate is soft, full and starchy with a subtle juniper character and hints of bitter spice, earth, floral rose and pepper. Long and spicy finish with lingering rose petals and a distinct peppery bite.
The organic gin is infused for 3 weeks with seaweed Tasted: Jan 2017 The nose is subtler and oilier than the organic. Again slightly starchy with hints of juniper, seaweed (black seaweed with pods), salt, clove and coriander.
The palate is full and oily with again a subtle juniper character and hints of seaweed, salt, coriander, bitter spice, pepper and peppermint. Lovely intensity with a slightly dry, bitter spice finish.
Daffy is allegedly the Goddess of Gin, although she looks very much like Michel Pfeiffer, which isn't a bad thing!
French Wheat grain spirit re-distilled in England with juniper, coriander seed, cassia bark, Lebanese mint, lemon peel, angelica and orris. Tasted: Jun 2015 Soft and creamy nose with immediately noticeable cassia and coriander. The mint is subtle and the citrus add a lovely freshness along with some pleasantly perfumed juniper. Good balance with some wheaty spirit notes.
The palate is soft but crisp and fresh with the mint a little more noticeable. Again subtle juniper, cassia bark, bitter coriander and orris notes come through. Lightly creamy with a sweet, spicy finish and minty fresh after-taste.
Produced from a 5 times distilled, sugar cane base spirit, aged for 35 weeks in oak. 12 botanicals including juniper, limon mandarino (lemon/ tangerine hybrid), ginger, black pepper, angelica and rosemary Tasted: Feb 2017 The nose is full and fleshy with the crisp lemon and tangerine notes dominating. Hints of juniper, vanilla, lemon balm and subtle peppery spice follow.
Soft and subtly sweet with sugar coated lemon and tangerine with a lovely sharp/ sweet balance. A touch of oak adds body and the finish is long and lemony with a lightly floral finish. Relatively straightforward, but if citric gins are your things its pretty well made.
French gin, which is double distilled with only juniper, with the other botanicals - coriander, orange peel, orris root, cinnamon, angelica and cardamom macerated. Tasted: May 2016 The nose is very intense, with smoky juniper, coriander and earth. The earthy cinnamon and cardamom spices build pleasantly and give the nose a lovely, natural feel.
The palate is crisp with sweet-ish juniper, coriander and angelica. Less earthy and smoky than the nose suggests, with the emphasis on the sweet juniper. Good length with a subtly floral and spicy ginger and sweet vanilla finish. Actually the spices really linger!
Batch L005 Base Spirit: Wheat, Rye & Spelt Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken Estate 2014 Riesling Spatlese infused 31 Botanicals, including: Juniper, Quince, Thyme, Sloe, Rose hip, Angelica, Hop blossom, Rose, Almond shell, Coriander, Lavender and Ginger. Tasted: May 2018 A dense and fragrant nose with juniper, lemon grass, lemon peel, berries, lavender and thyme. A very complex nose with a background note of semi-sweet Riesling. Now, thatâ€™s what I call a characterful nose!
The palate is fresh and slightly oily with earthy juniper berries, lemon, lime and a touch of lavender, pepper and ginger. Lovely spicy middle and a long, subtly winey finish with lingering almost bitter citrus, ginger and thyme.
Bulgarian and Italian juniper, rhodiola rose, sea buckthorn, rowan berries, blaeberries, cardamom, coriander seed and verbena. Tasted: Jun 2015 A pungent nose of juniper and cardamom with hints of rose petal, fragrant smoke, berries, verbena, sweet coriander and citrus. Fresh but quite heavy, distinctly artisanal with underlying cereal spirit notes.
Fresh and crisp on the palate. A little sweeter and lightly creamy with juniper, cardamom, green spices and bitter spice notes. A touch of berry fruit on the middle along with citrus. Long and full of spirit character with lingering sweet rose petals and dry spice.
Batch 23 Tasted: Nov 2016 Intense, crisp and salty aromas with rose petal, juniper and slightly salty/ smoky berry notes. Hints of sugar coated lemon, pepper and verbena emerge with time.
The palate is intense, yet soft with smoky juniper, berries, rose petal and a lovely combination of smoky and bitter spices. Long and hugely salty with a floral, dry spice and bitter cardamom finish.
Scottish gin vapour infused with juniper, coriander seed, angelica, rose petal, elderberry, rhubarb root, marshmallow root, goji berry, raspberry leaf and finally infused with hibiscus flowers post distillation. Tasted: Jan 2017 Slightly pink hued, hence the name I suppose. A floral nose, which is pleasantly bitter-sweet with the juniper taking a back seat to the hibiscus and almost raspberry-like notes. Subtly perfumed but well balanced.
The palate displays a depth of sweet berries, subtly perfumed petal and again a slight raspberry-like character. Like the nose the juniper is quite subtle and the finish is long and gently spiced.
Scottish gin vapour infused with juniper, angelica, citrus peel, sea-buckthorn berries, coriander seed and lemon balm. Tasted: Jan 2017 Intensely sweet and bitter juniper with fresh citric notes. Very refreshing with hints of salty berries, very soft coriander spice and a nutmeg-like note.
The palate is a little fuller and shows more spirit character, although it is still pleasantly fresh and juniper led. Hints of sweet citrus and bitter spice on the middle with a touch of salty berry. Long salty finish with warming spice and citrus.
Distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals, including African wormwood, baobab. devil's claw, apple, elderflower, ginger and pine needles.
15% of the profits go to two charities - Big Life Foundation and Space For Elephants
An intense and peppery nose with juniper, coriander and waxy citrus. Very complex with hints of menthol and sweet lime. With time the aromas become quite creamy with a light earthy cereal note emerging.
The palate opens with waxy citrus, aniseed and juniper before the tart lemon kicks in. Lightly earthy with a pleasant balancing sweetness.Good length with the spices and waxy citrus lingering.
Conclusion: A very complex and well balanced gin.
Distilled at Langleyâ€™s in Birmingham Botanicals: Juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark, orris root, lemon peel, liquorice root, nutmeg and cinnamon. Tasted: Jan 2018 The cucumber is very noticeable on the nose (which is good I suppose!) However it doesnâ€™t dominate and hints of juniper, cassia, sweet lemon and coriander can be detected.
The palate opens with a pleasant combination of sweet and spritzy lemon with cucumber and juniper. Very lemony on the middle with a touch of cassia and coriander. Long and remaining fresh and citric.
See my review in Episode 258 of the Good Dram Show - https://youtu.be/2UqO_40IutU
Each year, Yarra Valley whole berry Shiraz grapes are steeped in the gin for 8 weeks. The fruit is then pressed and blended with the Rare Dry Gin. 2017 Release Tasted: Nov 2017 The nose is very junipery and fresh with hints of anise, coriander, cinnamon and pepper. The Shiraz character is pretty subtle and certainly more subtle than the 2016 release and adds just a touch of syrup coated blackcurrant.
The palate is full and rich with more of the syrup coated blackcurrant. The juniper is subtle but noticeable and the pepper, coriander, cinnamon and anise come through well. Lovely intensity and balance with a long, slightly bitter spice finish but balanced by the toasty Shiraz character.
Made with juniper, organic oranges, finger limes, turmeric, coriander, fresh ginger and star anise Tasted: Mar 2017 The dusty turmeric is very noticeable on the nose as is the lime and star anise! But the freshness of the spirit really cuts through. This is no shrinking violet. Subtle, smoky juniper and coriander with time.
The palate is very unusual and definitely has the Wow factor. It has a fleshy banana-like feel with lightly coffee'd spice, pepper, coriander, star anise and subtle juniper. Intensely alcoholic, which comes through with an almost biscuity character, but it's well contained. Long, peppery, botanical/ herbal almost medicinal cardamom finish. Complex and very impressive.
Situated in Healesville, Yarra Valley, Australia. Four Pillars was created in 2013, and uses a CARL copper pot still called Wilma. the final gin includes 10 botanicals - juniper berries, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepperberry leaf, cinnamon, lavender, angelica, star anise and fresh oranges. Perhaps most interesting in this line up is the use of whole oranges. It is quite unusual to use entire fresh fruits (both the peel and flesh) when making gin but distiller Cameron Mackenzie believes that Australian citrus is highly aromatic and the whole fruit supports the spicier botanicals like cardamom and star anise better. Tasted: Mar 2017 The nose opens with some subtle juniper, followed by a good intensity of oily orange. It has a pleasant warmth and fullness which is apparently down to the pepperberry leaf. Gently spiced and smoky with anise, coriander and with time it develops a light floral character.
The palate has a lovely balance. Again quite full and weighty with pepper, sweet orange and juniper. The spices - coriander, anise and very green cardamom come rushing through on the finish along with a subtle mentholated note.
Tasted: Nov 2012 Made from the following botanicals - Juniper, coriander, blackberries, blueberries, orris root, cassia bark, liquorice, orange, lemon, angelica root and almonds.
Quite a sweet an liqueur-like nose with some upfront soft blackberry and blueberry notes, underneath is some creamy/ nutty spirit with a touch of juniper, bark and coriander. Interesting and quite different.
The palate is quite full but a touch lighter with more accent on the spirit character. Lightly creamy with a juniper nip followed by the berries, bark and spice. Lovely softness but with enough alcohol to
Tasted: Aug 2008 Definitely better packaged than the Vodka. It has an amazing freshness to the nose. Refreshing and very citrusy. Seems very complex with lemon, juniper, coriander and an underlying woody/bark spiciness. Really clean and flavoursome on the palate, tangy and cirtusy initially followed by the nutmeg and cassia bark and liquorice. This is rather enjoyable and has a lovely spicy finish. Definitely distinctive.
Sloes are soaked in the Original gin for no less than 6 months, then laced with liquorice for 24 hours and re-distilled, resulting in a clear sloe gin! Tasted: Mar 2018 Earthy marzipan on the nose with hints of slightly bitter sloe. The liquorice is quite prominent, but there is a very slight soapiness to the spirit.
The palate is smooth and opens with some slightly sweet sloe and marzipan notes. Very herbal on the middle with the thyme juniper and liquorice jostling for attention! Again there is soapiness but the finish is long with lingering liquorice and berries. Quite smoky after-taste.
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelic root, hawthorn berries, bilberries, bog myrtle, garden thyme and lemon. Tasted: Mar 2018 Quite smoky and oily on the nose with plenty of earthy juniper and more of the coriander. The bog myrtle and thyme notes are present but sit in background. With time the lemon emerges.
Intense and powerful on the palate with a lovely combination of earthy and sweet juniper. Like the nose suggests the coriander is very noticeable, but it doesnâ€™t overwhelm the berry bog myrtle and thyme. Long with a very lemony and juniper finish.
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelic root, pink peppercorns, pink hibiscus, cardamom and lemon. Tasted: Mar 2018 The nose is slightly smoky and peppery with very subtle juniper and loads of sweet hibiscus. Hints of spice and earth.
The palate is crisper and fresher with more juniper noticeable. Thereâ€™s a touch of pink peppercorn, which starts to bitter a little but the lemon offsets. and the juniper returns on the middle. Long and peppery with a slightly bitter bite at the end.
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelic root, hawthorn berries, bilberries, bog myrtle, garden thyme and lemon. Tasted: Mar 2018 The nose is quite pungent and slightly oily and earthy with a wild, undergrowthy-like character. The botanicals are pleasantly intense with bog myrtle, lime, juniper, thyme and coriander coming through, all balanced by the subtle berry sweetness.
The palate is not as oily as the nose suggests and thus feels crisper, but still full of character. Undergrowthy bog myrtle, juniper and coriander mingles with a slight woody bitterness. Lovely intensity and length with a fresh juniper finish and spicy after-taste.
Distilled using juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peel. Tasted Jan 2014 (for the world gin awards) Nose: A sinus clearing nose with plenty of menthol, aniseed and juniper. The spirit displays a pleasant milky character and opens to show hints of undergrowth/ bracken and pepper.
Palate: Quite fresh and slightly mentholated with lightly sweetened juniper, herbs and coriander. Not as mentholated as the nose but it still has a lovely intensity.
Finish: Good length with the dry spice lingering
Conclusion: A wakey-wakey breakfast gin?.
A re-creation of the Victorian style of Gin. A little sweeter than London Dry.
Tasted: Apr 2015 The nose is gently sweet with a fair degree of juniper, elderflower(?) and coriander. Pleasantly full and soft.
The palate is quite herbal and fresher than the nose with the sweetness relegated to the background. Hints of lime, lemon and herbs appear. Again quite juniper with some gentle spices. Very peppery, almost chilli pepper-esque on the finish, giving it a real warmth. Slightly woody after-taste.
Tasted: Nov 2016 Nose: A big hit of juniper, sweet rose petals, cardamom and citrus. Lovely intensity with some subtle barky spice notes.
Palate: Very juniper orientated but intense and fresh with a touch of citrus, orris, cinnamon sticks and cassia bark.
Finish: Long and citric with lingering orange/ lemon peel and spice.
Conclusion: Complex And well balanced. Great, tongue tingling finish.
Tasted: Nov 2016 Nose: Fresh, citric and junipery with a touch of cereal spirit beneath. Balanced with lemon verbena, coriander, cassia and perfumed juniper.
Palate: Soft and surprisingly not overly alcoholic when tasted neat. Juniper, lemon, cardamom, coriander, cassia and elderflower.
Finish: Very intense and lemony. Mouth-watering with lingering juniper and elderflower.
Conclusion: Superb! The alcohol is amazingly well integrated and the complexity is off the scale!
Batch 63 Botanicals: Juniper, coriander seed, black pepper, cassia bark, vanilla, lingonberry, meadowsweet, lemon peel. Tasted: June 2018 A lovely pungent nose of juniper, lingonberry, black pepper and sweet coriander. The sweetness is very subtle and doesnâ€™t take away from the intensity of the botanicals. Late hints of earth, cassia and lemon.
The palate is a little sweeter with a more noticeable vanilla character. Very rounded with subtler juniper, lemon, cassia and berries. Still it has a lovely intensity and a spicy middle. Long with lingering vanilla, pepper, meadowsweet, coriander and cassia.
Aged in custom made juniper wood casks. Tasted: Feb 2019 The nose is very peppery and minty with juniper and more noticeable lavender notes. Beneath lies some subtle vanilla, coriander and cassia.
The palate is a touch more woody but still quite peppery with lavender and sweeter citrus. Lovely intensity and a good sweet/ sour balance. The elderflower comes through on the middle which has a sort of camomile-like character with a touch of cassia. Long peppery and dusty with lingering juniper and gritty wood tannins.
Botanicals: Organic Juniper, elderberry, elderflower, lavender, coriander seed, cornelian cherries, lemon and lime peel, orris root and cassia bark. Tasted: Feb 2019 A very juniper forward nose with sweet elderflower, lime and hints of earth. A subtle cherry note sits in the background along with cassia and coriander. With time a touch of wheaty spirit character. Lovely balance.
The palate is earthy and junipery with plenty of cassia and coriander. Slightly bitter on the middle but the subtle cherry and vanilla notes balance. Lovely intense citric middle and a long finish which remains citric and earthy.
Base gin infused with local raspberry and plum Tasted: Feb 2019 The nose is intense and junipery with earthy raspberry and lavender. Quite fruity and fleshy but not over done and well balanced. Hints of plum, lime and coriander appear.
The palate is juicy and succulent with syrup coated raspberry and plum dominating but the juniper is still present. Quite sweet but the subtle peppery cassia and coriander balance. Long with the juniper powering through along with mouth-watering lemon/ lime and a spicy flourish at the end.
Could this be the most painstakingly created gin on the market? First they don't use a neutral spirit base for their gin, instead they separately distill wheat, potato and barley spirit, before blending it to form the base spirit. The botanicals include: juniper, coriander, pummelos zest (similar in size and taste to grapefruit), orris root, Valencia orange and cardamom. Each of these botanicals is distilled separately before blending. Tasted: Aug 2008 A very interesting nose which combines the crisp, citrus aromas of London Dry with a heavier, oilier Plymouth like note. There is definitely no shortage of Juniper aromas here! The palate is much like the nose with a slight whisky-esque note. It is slightly oilier and less citrusy than the nose would suggest, but it is very smooth and lovely neat.
Juniper, Cardamom, Orange, Fennel, Bay Leaf and Szechwan pepper. Tasted: Apr 2016 Quite intense and fresh with sweet juniper, orange and fennel. Slightly earthy with spicy pepper and late bay leaf notes. Underlying is a subtle wheaty, spirit note.
The palate is fresh but fuller with sweet juniper, citrus and subtle pepper notes. Good intensity and complexity with developing cardamom and earthy spices. Good length with lingering cardamom, fennel and bay leaf.
Botanicals: (Japanese) Yuzu, sansho pepper, kabousa, amanatsu, shequasar, (Traditional) juniper, angelica root, coriander, lemon and orange peel, apple juice. Tasted: Nov 2017 The nose opens with the juniper and pronounced orange. Subtly floral with hints of soft but earthy coriander and pepper. The crisp juniper powers through with time aided by some almost tart lemon. Superbly balanced.
The palate, like nose, begins with the subtly sweet orange and fresh juniper. It becomes fuller as a touch of spirit character comes through, along with coriander, sweet pepper and lemon on the middle.
Batch 0018/0757 Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, blueberries, grains of paradise, cardamom, angelica root. nutmeg, rose root, lemon peel, orris, rhubarb, lime peel, lavender, orange peel, chamomile, fennel, cinnamon, caraway, aniseed, red clover, lingonberries, elderflower,mint, arnica flowers, rose flowers. Tasted: Nov 2017 Intense, but very fresh, slightly bitter juniper with pine-like notes, rose, berries, earth, bark, cinnamon and a subtle floral note. The citrus and salt sit in the background adding to the freshness.
The palate is full and slightly starchy with sweet juniper, orange, fern/ pine along with woody/ bitter spice notes. Hints of caraway, aniseed, cardamom and earth come through on the middle along with a subtle berry note. Long, wild and spicy finish with lingering bitter juniper.
Batch 001 Botanicals: Juniper, orris, angelica, barberry root, barberry bark, barberries, sweet orange, bay leaf, laurel, cassia and pomegranate. Tasted: Aug 2018 The nose is fresh, juniper and herbaceous with hints of tart berries, bark, wood spice and cassia. Quite woody with time.
The palate opens with the sweet berry and plenty of barky/ woody notes and spice. The juniper is subtler but the middles is refreshing and herbaceous. Long with the pomegranate coming through on the finish along with the berry, joining with the juniper and spice.
Batch 57 Tasted: Mar 2018 The nose is soft and slightly starchy with smoky juniper, lemon and sweet orange. Thereâ€™s a subtle note of coriander and liquorice root, along with a slight tea leaf note.
The palate is slightly starchy with sweeter juniper, lemon, orange and coriander. Very bold and flavourful with a long, slightly bitter spice finish with peppercorn and lingering juniper. I have to say itâ€™s a very impressive finish!
Batch 1 Tasted: Oct 2018 Pungent juniper aromas with lemon, coriander, pepper and earthy cassia. Superb intensity with a background note of sweet orange.
On the palate the sweet orange note is up first followed by the fresh juniper, coriander, cassia and more juniper! .Like the nose it has a superb intensity and a long, citric finish with lemon verbena and pepper.
A drop of water makes the nose rounder, less citric with a more noticeable cereal character. It also emphasises the cassia and coriander. It doesnâ€™t make much change to the palate except the finish is tongue tinglingly spicy!
Botanicals include: Juniper, coriander, angelica, orris root, cassia, bitter orange peel and fennel. Batch1 Btl: Oct 2015 Tasted: March 2016 The nose is quite full and wheaty with hints of juniper and plenty of fennel. Lightly citric with a touch of coriander seed and cassia bark.
Like the nose the palate is full and wheaty with very subtle botanical notes, opening with juniper and fennel. Hints of cassia, coriander seed and angelica appear on the middle. Long, slightly vanillaâ€™d and wheaty finish with the dry, woody spices lingering.
Botanicals include: Juniper, coriander, angelica root, walnut, hazelnut, mace and celery. Batch1 Btl: Oct 2015 Tasted: March 2016 A pungent nose of malt-wine, biscuits and nutty notes. Hints of sweet barley develop with a touch of dusty spice. A very distinct Genever nose!
The palate is again quite malty with sweet barley and a lightly oiled wheat character. Hints of mace, walnut and sweet hazelnut appear on the middle. Long and nutty with hints of juniper and angelica in the finish. Slightly dry, woody after-taste.
Distilled using Balkan juniper, Eastern European coriander, French/ Belgian angelic root, Spanish lemon peel, Chinese cassia bark, Mediterranean liquorice root, West Indian ground nutmeg. Madagascan cinnamon bark, Italian orris root powder and 2 other 'secret ingredients' Tasted: Jan 2017 The nose opens with dusty nutmeg, warm cassia and cinnamon. The subtle but fresh spirit character and citrus cuts through along with hints of juniper and floral orris.
The palate is fresh and crisp but full bodied with juniper, warming spice and subtly bitter barky spice. Good lemon character on the middle. Lovely intensity and depth with the citrus lingering along with a touch of liquorice root, angelica and coriander.
Tasted: Oct 2015 A fresh and citric nose. Orange/ lemon rind, sweet-ish juniper with some underlying warm cinnamon, cardamom and coriander. Definitely more citric in character than batch 1. There is a slight alcohol prickle but the sweet citrus balances.
The palate is sweet and citric â€“ lemon, lime, mint and sweet juniper with hints of liquorice, coriander and a slight earthiness. Very intense and alcoholic (surprise!). Long, slightly sour fruit finish with a little bitter almond and bark on the finish.
Dilution doesnâ€™t make much of a change to the nose; maybe it intensifies the juniper a little. On the palate it has become softer with a little more spirit character showing. Possibly a little spicier but still thereâ€™s still plenty of juniper and citrus.
See my review in Episode 276 of the Good Dram Show - https://youtu.be/9ujIdf4sA78
Blended from 3 differently distilled gins. One juniper, one citrusy and one herbal. Botanicals include juniper berries, coriander seeds, lemon/ lime rind, almonds, basil, garden mint, sage, cinnamon bark, liquorice root and then two further 'secret' botanicals. Re- Tasted: Jul 2018 A pungent, citric and junipery nose with lemon, lime, dusty coriander and a touch of cinnamon bark. Lovely balance with just a touch of creamy, sweet spirit character and late minty herbal notes.
The palate is intensely citric with a subtle sherbety note. Hints of juniper, angelica, almond, sweet lemon, sage and mint come through. Long and very spicy finish with lingering earthy juniper, coriander and liquorice.
A drop of water emphasises the mint, sage and sweeter citrus notes. The palate is softer and sweeter. The juniper shows a slightly perfumed character and thereâ€™s a touch more earthiness. Still pleasantly intense and very impressive.
See my review in Episode 276 of the Good Dram Show - https://youtu.be/9ujIdf4sA78
Tasted: Mar 2015 A very citrusy and junipery nose, which makes it feel like an amplified version of the Merchant Strength bottling. Softly spiced with coriander, cassia bark, liquorice and hints of leafy herbs.
The palate is soft and oily. The citrus is a little subdued but the palate show a greater degree of sweetness. Again quite juniper heavy with dusty coriander, orris root and cassia bark. A touch of elderflower and lemon comes through on the middle. Long with the drier spices notes showing, but the sweetness continues all the way through.
A drop of water makes the aromas oilier and spicier but less citric. Likewise on the palate although it brings out a light vanilla and orange rind note.
See my review in Episode 276 of the Good Dram Show - https://youtu.be/9ujIdf4sA78
Aged for over a year in ex-Smogen Sherry casks Tasted: Sept 2016 Fresh and citric with lemon, juniper, sage, cinnamon, liquorice and coriander seed notes. The oak is quite subtle in character and adds a little vanilla and dried fruit sweetness. There is also a touch of burnt spice and smoke along with a gentle medicinal note.
The palate shows a little more oak (dried sherry fruit) and medicinal herbs but is still very well balanced. Hints of lemon, lime, juniper and menthol come through along with a lovely degree of spices on the middle. Long and citric with the juniper returning and lingering subtle vanilla, burnt spice and smoke.
See my review in Episode 276 of the Good Dram Show - https://youtu.be/9ujIdf4sA78
Tasting Note to follow.
See my review in Episode 276 of the Good Dram Show - https://youtu.be/9ujIdf4sA78
11 Botanicals including juniper, angelica root, coriander, liquorice root, grains of paradise, lemon rind, orange rind and savoury, plus 3 unknown (possibly nutmeg, cassia bark and ginger?) Re-Tasted: June 2016 A classic, juniper heavy, London dry nose of crisp lemon/ orange and off-sweet juniper. Hints of earth, coriander, liquorice root, cassia and ginger.
The palate is soft and a little creamy to begin with the sweet-ish juniper, followed by bitter cassia bark, angelica and coriander. Very intense, long and a little austere with lingering spices, again with a little bitterness and citrus. In conclusion it has certainly improved in quality since I last tasted it.
Tasting Note To Follow.
Tasting Note To Follow.
Distilled from 100% English Wheat with 14 botanicals (6 native to Cumbria) Cumbrian juniper, meadowsweet, bilberry, heather, hawthorn, mint, cassia bark and coriander. Tasted: Feb 2015 The aromas are soft and slightly wheaty. There is definitely more spirit character than botanical character, but some subtle, soft juniper is evident along with heather, spice, cassia bark and some sweet floral notes which must be the meadowsweet. Quite crisp and clean.
The palate is soft and creamy and like the nose, displaying more wheaty spirit character than botanicals. Hints of lemon, juniper, flowers, cassia bark and ginger come through. Mouth-filling and long with hints of liquorice and drier spices on the finish. A pleasant, subtle gin.
Re-Tasted: Feb 2018 A good fresh nose with sweet juniper, lemon, pepper and coriander. Good complexity with a touch of oily spirit character and late orange and fleshy fruit.
The palate is soft and full with a good creamy mouth-feel. Juinper, coriander, pepper and orange come through and the middle is full and lemony. Long, fresh but sweet finish with a light spice finish.
Re-Tasted: Feb 2018 A pungent elderflower nose with hints of earthy juniper, coriander, cinnamon and a touch of lemon, which gives it a fresh edge.
The palate is sweeter than the nose, almost like an Old Tom and with an elderflower cordial-like character. Hints of juniper, pepper and sharper spices. Long and sweet-ish with a balancing citrus note in the finish.
Re-Tasted: Feb 2018 The nose is redolent of cumin, with sweet and bitter sloe notes. Subtle earthy and herbaceous notes and very subtle juniper notes follow.
The palate is thick and juicy with a good sweet/ sour balance. Plenty of sloe, along with hints of earth, pepper and cumin. Long, thick berry finish.
Re-Tasted: Feb 2018 The nose is subtly earthy with a gentle rhubarb character. Good sweet/ sour balance with a touch of juniper, coriander and elderflower.
The palate opens with some intensely sour rhubarb but the sweeter rhubarb notes balance. Very subtle on the juniper with coriander and floral elderflower. Soft, slightly citric and bitter finish with underlying castor sugar-like notes and lingering fleshy fruit.
This Cream Gin has been cold-distilled using fresh cream as a botanical (the equivalent of 100ml Cream per bottle!) Re-Tasted: Feb 2014 (for the world gin awards) Nose: A lovely, fresh but creamy nose with juniper and some slightly sweet/ perfumed citrus. Good complexity with hints of buttery cream, ginger, angelica, sweet spice and smoke.
Palate: Fresh and junipery with crumbly spice and fresh herbs. Mouth-filling, intense and creamy with developing bitter spices.
Finish: Spicy with a lovely bite.
Conclusion: All round very impressive with a good complexity.
Ode means old style which must contain at least 15% malt. Cask 1179 Dist: Sept 2012 Btl: Nov 2015 Tasted: March 2016 Sweet barley, malt and American oak aromas are shot through with some lovely dark rye notes. Quite herbal and slightly mentholated with a touch of corn oil and subtle botanicals. With time the oak becomes quite toasted and smoky.
The palate opens with the lightly oiled corn, sweet creamy oak, toasted spices, malt and sweet juniper. Again slightly mentholated on the middle with a sliver of herbal rye. Very well balanced with a long, flavourful finish and lingering mentholated notes.
Cask: 1062 Dist: Jun 2010 Btl: Nov 2015 Tasted: March 2016 A Lovely, soft, smoky, whisky-like nose with herbal rye and quite subtle, mature-ish wood notes. Gently mentholated with sweet juniper, malt and vanilla.
The palate is subtle and slightly woody with lightly herbal rye and smooth, vanilla oak. Lightly grainy dried fruit and subtle smoke and malt on the middle. Lovely length with lingering spicy grain notes. Very impressive.
Triple distilled from a mash of Rye, Corn and malted barley. Made in the â€˜newâ€™ style thus it can contain no more than 15% malt. Re-distilled with the botanicals which include juniper and liquorice. Re-Tasted: March 2016 The oily corn notes are noticeable first with hints of vanilla and slightly earthy rye. The botanicals are very subtle with juniper, cinnamon and liquorice.
The palate opens with the gentle rye spice, vanilla and sweet-ish corn. Lotâ€™s of creamy spirit character with late hints of juniper, cinnamon, coriander powder and sweet liquorice.