Ian Macleod Distillers
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 8.3
Nose: Aromatics of coriander and lemon zest along with a sweet, floral earthiness.
Palate: Earthy liquorice upfront, followed by oily coriander that adds citrus and a little spice. There are also some drier notes of angelica.
Finish: Residual juniper to finish, with its green notes mixing with the sweet earthiness and a final flash of spice.
Comments: A good all-rounder that would stand up well to a variety of the gin cocktail canon.
Felicity Murray – 8.7
Nose: Traditional botanicals each vying for attention. Juniper, citrus and floral notes join earthy roots along with spice. Complex and complete.
Palate: All this carries onto the palate. A delightfully smooth and creamy mouthful packed with sweet and juicy berries and sharp citrus fruit balanced by a peppery edge.
Finish: Long, citrusy sweet and smooth.
Comments: Well-balanced and approachable. Serve in a dry martini, or with tonic and ice with a garnish of summer edible flowers.