Sonoma Brothers Distilling
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 6.7
Nose: Strawberry mousse with whipped vanilla cream, Shiraz grapes and apple brandy.
Palate: Toasted barley and vanilla with baked custard. Plump blackberry and raspberry notes, before lightly oxidised, freshly cut apple and pear with the sweetness of lemon candy.
Finish: A sweet earthiness with violet and liquorice and a pine needle tingle.
Comments: A mashup between the soft, sweet berry notes and crisp, dry orchard fruit; might be better as two separate gins rather than a single one.
Felicity Murray – 7.6
Nose: Damp forests and wet grass, juniper, liquorice root and black pepper, plus a hint of chamomile flowers, stewed apples and sliced melon.
Finish: Short but honeyed and smooth.
Comments: For me this lacks the freshness of citrus fruits but it is a very pleasant drink and smooth enough to enjoy neat over ice with a slice of apple.