£41-60 David T Smith Felicity Murray France Gin Issue Two Tastings

Genièvre de Houlle – Finition Monbazillac

Genièvre de Houlle
Finition Monbazillac
Distillerie Persyn

ABV: 42%
Country: France 
Style: Genever
Price per bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
Availability: Europe

David T. Smith – 7.9 

Nose: Strong toasted rye grain with a slight sweetness reminiscent of marbled rye bread. Super dark chocolate aromas and a little woodiness.

Palate: An earthy, woody bitterness, with sappy and with a distinctive menthol akin to cubeb berries or grains of paradise.

Finish: Menthol pepper flavours linger on the tongue, combined with hints of pine needles.

Comments: Strong botanical flavours. This increases its mixing potential; it’s great with soda or ginger ale. A natural match for an Old Fashioned.

Felicity Murray – 7.6 

Nose: Sweet aromas of caramelised brown sugar and vanilla overlay those of pine forests and freshly cut wood. Dried fruits.   

Palate: Sharp at first with gooseberry, rhubarb, grapefruit, pineapple and bitter almond before sweeter flavours of toffee and fruitcake emerge to soften the bite.

Finish: Sweet with vanilla, a hint of sultanas leaving a long  whisky-like memory.

Comments: An acquired taste on its own but it could work well in cocktails – replacing traditional gins or whiskies.

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