Shed 1 Distillery
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 7.8
Nose: Gentle spice – nutmeg, cassia, cinnamon quills with cardamom, vanilla and sweet orange. Christmas cookies or Easter buns.
Palate: Candied citrus peel and raisin, caramelised with brown sugar. The festive spice subsides and classic gin flavours of juniper and coriander follow.
Finish: More raisin spice, heading towards flambéed Christmas pudding. The spirit is a touch aggressive.
Comments: A pleasant balance between gin and spice, but a touch too short at the end. Would be worth trying in a Gin Alexander.
Felicity Murray – 7.8
Nose: Warm Christmas spices come to the fore with coriander, cardamom and cloves, plus soft brown sugar mixed with sweet floral notes.
Palate: A rounded, spicy and full-bodied mouthfeel with a nutty edge.
Finish: Smooth, slightly curried and of medium length.
Comments: For me, it lacks sufficient juniper, acidity and fruitiness to give it balance. However, it’s a smooth, pleasant and easy to drink gin. I’d serve with tonic in a bowl glass full of ice with a stick of cinnamon and a few cardamom pods.