Willibald Farm Distillery
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 9.2
Nose: Deep, rich malted barley and oats. Woody juniper, cedar and spice; ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Complex and delightful.
Palate: A buttery start, with crème brûlée and toffee yoghurt. A light salinity develops, before coriander and citrus with black and menthol pepper. Earthy roots and baking spice.
Finish: Long and lingering, with crisp juniper, peppermint, chocolate, violet and rose; all reminiscent of posh chocolate cremes.
Comments: Superbly complex and a joy to drink neat and explore. A great sipping gin.
Felicity Murray – 8.8
Nose: Robust and woody with leather, resinous spruce and damp vegetal notes. Ginger, dark chocolate, liquorice, cinnamon, clove, fennel and herbal aromas appear.
Palate: Fiery and spicy. Chocolate, liquorice, anise and rich fruit cake with vanilla, ginger and bitter orange.
Finish: Smooth and creamy with honeyed vanilla, all-spice and chocolate lingering.
Comments: Pale gold in colour from the cask, it could be sipped neat. Otherwise, try a Moscow Mule (50ml gin, 20ml lime juice, mint, ice and ginger beer in a copper mug).