The Herbalist

ABV: 44%
Country: Belgium 
Style: Traditional
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
Availability: Europe

David T. Smith – 7.8 

Nose: Mint chocolate from the start: creamy, but nonetheless dry and not sickly or sweet.

Palate: Rich and buttery cocoa at the start, followed by flavours of fresh mint and an orange zing. A little spice – cassia and ginger – then reveals itself.

Finish: Malty, bready notes, along with flavours of coriander and orange that linger in the mouth long after your last sip. 

Comments: A rather fun gin that plays with some sweet characters, but doesn’t forget what a dry gin is all about.

Felicity Murray – 8.2

Nose: Soft with aromas of juniper, pine needles, citrus fruits and sweet spices with a slightly floral edge of lavender and rosemary

Palate: Delicate, smooth and slightly sweet with ripe stone fruits, summer berries and herbs. 

Finish: Long and balanced with a soft fruitiness. 

Comments: Delicate and easy to drink. Will blend well in many traditional cocktails, such as a dry Martini or Negroni. Garnish with cinnamon and black peppercorns for spice, or cool it down with frozen slice of lime.

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