Ô de Vie
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 8.9
Nose: The exotic floral-citrus clementine – juicy and luscious. Pairs with the crisp leafiness of peppered celery.
Palate: Clementine upfront, accompanied by lemon, lime, orange blossom and neroli. Decadent and complex. Backed up by a gentle spiciness.
Finish: An interplay of juniper and coriander that identifies this as a gin, coupled with lingering notes of orange blossom.
Comments: This is excellent and imaginative, going in a direction that few have gone before. A brilliant choice for a French ‘75.
Felicity Murray – 7.7
Nose: Herbal and floral aromas with underlying earthy, woodland notes, with citrus and berry fruits following.
Palate: The smooth and oily mouthfeel is overtaken by the bittersweet twang of citrus fruits, leaving you salivating for more.
Finish: Drier than expected and of medium length. Mouth-tingling freshness.
Comments: The aromas need time to emerge, therefore it’s ideally served in a wide glass such as a gin ‘bowl’, with ice, and a sprig of flowering rosemary and summer hedgerow berries.