Genièvre de Houlle
Price per bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
David T. Smith
Strong toasted rye grain with a slight sweetness reminiscent of marbled rye bread. Super dark chocolate aromas and a little woodiness.
An earthy, woody bitterness, with sappy and with a distinctive menthol akin to cubeb berries or grains of paradise.
Menthol pepper flavours linger on the tongue, combined with hints of pine needles.
Strong botanical flavours. This increases its mixing potential; it’s great with soda or ginger ale. A natural match for an Old Fashioned.
Sweet aromas of caramelised brown sugar and vanilla overlay those of pine forests and freshly cut wood. Dried fruits.
Sharp at first with gooseberry, rhubarb, grapefruit, pineapple and bitter almond before sweeter flavours of toffee and fruitcake emerge to soften the bite.
Sweet with vanilla, a hint of sultanas leaving a long whisky-like memory.
An acquired taste on its own but it could work well in cocktails – replacing traditional gins or whiskies.