Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$277-53)
David T. Smith – 7.5
Nose: Vanilla and cocoa combined with fresh leaves and a definite stalky quality.
Palate: Rich, indulgent flavours of chocolate orange upfront – quite remarkable – followed by resinous pine.
Finish: Lingering flavours of earthy angelica, fresh mint and peppery spice.
Comments: An unusual gin that has real character. It is perhaps a tad too powerful to be sipped neat, but I think it would combine well with a mixer. A gin with great potential, but it needs of a bit of tidying up when it comes to the cuts.
Felicity Murray – 7.7
Nose: Rooty, resinous and green herbaceous notes are followed by lemongrass and caraway seed and just a hint of fruit.
Palate: Oily mouthfeel balanced by sharpness of citrus; green vegetal flavours follow.
Finish: Creamy and fairly long and warming with a touch of peppery spice and soft hedgerow fruits.
Comments: The very slightly off-clear colour of this gin is slightly off-putting. However, its complex mix of herbaceous and piney flavours would work very well in a Negroni, as well as a G&T.