Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 7.7
Nose: Toasted coconut and crème brûlée; orange and a touch of raspberry ice-cream.
Palate: The creaminess continues, where it is combined with notes of coconut, black liquorice and cassia. Flavours of lemon sorbet and light, lingering pine.
Finish: Slightly bitter pine with a peppery heat and lavender.
Comments: An interesting and engaging spirit, but its esoteric qualities may not appeal to all and its strong flavour may make mixing a challenge. As a sipping spirit, however, it’s rather good.
Felicity Murray – 7.7
Nose: Vanilla, ginger and cloves, pine needles, mixed dried herbs and honey emerge with a touch of orange zest.
Palate: Fairly complex, fiery and smoky. Juniper is there along with a strong, peppery mix of spices, including cloves, vanilla, ginger and a bite of cinnamon.
Finish: Under a honeyed coating, warm spices linger.
Comments: At 47% ABV this is ideally sipped with ice. An interesting substitute for Bourbon in cocktails and could add something extra to a martini or Negroni.