£21-40 David T Smith Felicity Murray Gin Issue Three Scotland Tastings

Isle of Barra – Barra Atlantic Gin

Isle of Barra 
Barra Atlantic Gin
Isle of Barra Distillery

ABV: 46%
Country: Scotland 
Style: Contemporary
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
Availability: Worldwide

David T. Smith – 7.7

Nose: Earthy and rooty, with a flint-like minerality and a flash of floral. Reminds me of fresh rainfall.

Palate: Powerful and zesty orange, along with the earthy sweetness of liquorice. Juniper adds an oily, resinous quality.

Finish: A mix of pepper and zesty citrus, more bitter than the sweet orange of the palate – reminiscent of grapefruit. 

Comments: The power makes it attractive, as does its thick mouthfeel. Potential to be mixed with ginger ale in a Gin Buck.

Felicity Murray – 7.5 

Nose: Damp pine forests with pepper, cloves and anise. Subtle herbal notes and delicate aromas of grapefruit and stewed gooseberries emerge.

Palate: Strong, sharp and peppery with mouth-tingling citrus fruits, bitter almond and mixed spices.

Finish: Dry earthiness with sweet fruits.

Comments: The noticeable high ABV overpowers some of the more subtle aromas and flavours of the botanicals, but it will hold its own with any number of mixers and make a great long drink.

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