£21-40 David T Smith England Felicity Murray Gin Issue Two Tastings

City of London Distillery – Old Tom Gin

City of London Distillery
Old Tom Gin 
City of London Distillery

ABV: 43.3%
Country: UK 
Style: Traditional Old Tom
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
Availability: Worldwide

David T. Smith – 8.0 

Nose: Sweet with barley sugar, toasted grain, malt and a light, sugary baking spice.

Palate: Good, solid character to start – juniper, earthy angelica and citrus. The sweetness is restrained on the palate, but has a silky mouthfeel that coats the tongue.

Finish: The trademark Old Tom gin sweetness is there with a definite chocolatey spice: mostly cinnamon with a little nutmeg. 

Comments: A pleasantly made spirit which, for an Old Tom, errs on the dry side and is a tad warm on the finish.

Felicity Murray – 8.1 

Nose: Soft and gentle aromas of spruce, liquorice, honeysuckle, oranges and lemons. Subtle and well balanced.

Palate: A full-bodied and well-rounded harmony of these traditional gin flavours. which are only very slightly on the sweeter side. Gentle, warming and complex. 

Finish: Long and warming with fresh, ripe citrus fruits.

Comments: Very approachable, not too sweet, easy to sip and perfect for a Martinez created with a dry vermouth and dashes of Angostura bitters. 

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