Premium Dry Gin
Country: New Zealand
Style: London Dry
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 8.6
Nose: Delicate floral rose and hibiscus before jammy berry fruit. Indulgent spiced waxy vanilla and tonka bean, before citrus.
Palate: Spicy, with the zesty spice of cracked coriander seed. Dry wood follows, before green leafy notes and pine needles, reminiscent of morning dew. Builds to citrus.
Finish: Long and lingering, helped by the ABV. Citrus peel and leaf combines with a green stalkiness; zesty and fresh.
Comments: A bold spirit, but doens’t overpower. Would make a different but enjoyable Negroni.
Felicity Murray – 7.8
Nose: An initial powerful hit of juniper, coriander seed, cardamom and zingy lemon zest. Left to breathe a while, some herbal and dusty, earthy notes emerge.
Palate: The alcohol needs to be diluted for the bold flavours of citrus and spice to be appreciated. Tangerines, oranges and lemons mingle with herbs and pepper.
Finish: Bitter orange marmalade, with a pinch of black pepper.
Comments: This citrusy gin is perfect for mixing in cocktails such as a Negroni, but would be delicious with tonic and a twist of orange peel.