Saffron Infused Gin
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 9.1
Nose: Fragrant saffron, floral and slightly earthy, with sandalwood and jasmine. Full of juniper; bright and resinous, with a glance of citrus.
Palate: Clean and crisp, full of nuances. Not overpowered with botanical flavour, but is balanced. Classical notes are overplayed with perfumed saffron.
Finish: Light cracked black pepper and lingering saffron, mixed with vanilla, orange and clove. Dry. Delightful.
Comments: Superbly made. Interesting character that complements rather than overwhelms. Great choice for any drink.
Felicity Murray – 8.4
Nose: Saffron gives this gin its yellow tint, but it’s not particularly evident on the nose, which is gentle, classical with juniper, angelica and coriander.
Palate: Big, warm and spicy with cinnamon, peppercorn, juniper and orange zest. A suprisingly smooth gin for such a high ABV.
Finish: Satisfyingly long, dry and spicy with a hint of that promised saffron.
Comments: Try it neat over ice, but if preferred, dilute with a light or cucumber flavoured tonic. Add cucumber slices, a wedge of lemon and a big sprig of fresh mint.