Isle of Barra
Barra Atlantic Gin
Isle of Barra Distillery
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
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.