Plum Gin Liqueur
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 7.8
Nose: Fragrant, fruity notes – mostly stone fruit such as plum and sloe, with a hint of peach and raspberry, too. Wrapped up by an almond nuttiness.
Palate: Sweet peach combined with the floral tannins of a freshly-brewed pot of English breakfast tea. More fruit follows, like strawberry and greengage. There’s a balanced sweetness and not too cloying.
Finish: Nutty almond with cherry and marzipan. Bakewell tart.
Comments: Sippable with complex fruit and a sweet nuttiness. Lovely over ice.
Felicity Murray – 8.0
Nose: A fruity mix of ripe plums, fresh juicy lemons and zesty orange peel, with a touch of mint, almonds and vanilla.
Palate: Velvety smooth, plumy and slightly herbal. Very juicy with a fruity tartness that cuts through and balances the sweetness nicely.
Finish: Stone fruit flavours linger on a syrupy coating.
Comments: Delicious with a twist of orange peel, but for parties it would delight served over ice topped with Prosecco and a sprig of rosemary – a modern twist on the classic Kir Royale cocktail.