Echlinville Single Estate
Irish Pot Still Gin
The Echlinville Distillery
Country: Northern Ireland
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 7.7
Nose: Green pine, sappy and resinous with leafy mint and peppermint candy canes.
Palate: Sweetness to start with a gradual building of pine and cedar, before spruce needles and lemon zest. Leafy notes continue with fresh spearmint.
Finish: Peppery notes of grains of paradise and cubeb berries, and a long, lingering and tingling menthol finish.
Comments: An intense spirit with bold juniper and plenty of mint – a great match for red vermouth.
Felicity Murray – 7.5
Nose: Musty, dark and damp forests, earthy and herbal. Basil and thyme notes interact with angelica, liquorice, and a touch of honeysuckle, marigold and violet.
Palate: Hugely spicy, warming and oily, with notes of orris root, cassia bark and angelica.
Finish: A long, buttery and herbal finish with a touch of vanilla and a peppery edge.
Comments: This could work well in a cocktail adding a warm spicy hit. Try with a long slice of cool cucumber or a sprig of pine needles and maybe a cucumber flavoured tonic.