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

Gordon Castle – Plum Gin Liqueur

Gordon Castle
Plum Gin Liqueur 
Gordon Castle

ABV: 28.2%
Country: UK
Style: Liqueur
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
Availability: Worldwide

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. 

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