Musgrave Crafted Spirits
Country: South Africa
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 7.2
Nose: Lots of rose and violet make this reminiscent of floral cream chocolates. Hints of strawberry, too.
Palate: Vibrant, jammy rose notes upfront; sweet and perfumed, just like Turkish delight. Lemon and orange, before a lasting, zesty note of grapefruit.
Finish: The rose notes remain on the finish for a good while, accompanied by a little resinous alcohol that warms the tongue.
Comments: A perfumed and unusual gin that I suspect would work well in a Gin Alexander, but is light on juniper.
Felicity Murray – 8.3
Nose: Heavily perfumed, sweet and delicate – reminiscent of rose gardens in full bloom. Fiery spices follow with a faint hint of juniper.
Palate: Initially very spicy and full-bodied, then floral and slightly fruity flavours develop.
Finish: Just the floral and sweet fruit flavours remain on the palate, and they stay.
Comments: A pretty pink, but none of the floral notes will disappear. Such a delicate gin could be sipped over ice or used to transform a martini. Add a strawberry or rose petals to garnish.