Wild Botanical Gin
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 8.3
Nose: Drinking chocolate mixed with fresh, green pine needles and orange shortbread.
Palate: Thick, oily orange that gives a lively zestiness. Followed by a chocolatey earthiness and the spicy citrus of freshly-cracked coriander seed.
Finish: The coriander seed continues, where it is mixed with a little black pepper.
Comments: A bold and flavoursome spirit that has great cocktail potential. The citrus spiciness really makes me want to try this in a Red Snapper.
Felicity Murray – 8.6
Nose: Fairly complex with juniper to the fore and a touch of citrus, delicate floral and herbal notes, like a walk through a meadow of wild flowers.
Palate: Big, complex and pleasantly oily with a rush of citrus fruit juices and a sprinkling of black pepper.
Finish: Fruity and satisfyingly long with the after-aroma of a bouquet of flowers.
Comments: A delicate but complex gin that would add something to most gin cocktails and make a pleasant G&T. Garnish with a spig of lavender or a marigold flower.