David T Smith Felicity Murray Gin Issue Four Tastings

No. 209 – Barrel Reserve Gin Chardonnay

No. 209
Barrel Reserve Gin Chardonnay 
Distillery No.209

ABV: 46.0%
Country: USA
Style: Cask Aged
Price Per Bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
Availability: Worldwide

David T Smith – 7.5

Nose: Bright and crisp aromas of cider apples, along with a little red wine. 

Palate: A powerful, aggressive, gin with hints of oxidised wine, reminiscent of dry vermouth. A definite spiciness on the middle, accompanied by the sweetness of cassia and nutmeg. 

Finish: A little warmth from the spirit is joined by cracked black and menthol peppers and a tingling dry finish. 

Comments: A bold gin that is evidently 46.0% ABV. Would go well with red vermouth, or maybe over ice with some ginger ale…

Felicity Murray – 7.7

Nose: Big, rounded and sweet. Packs a punch with aromas of honey and vanilla, with a pinch of back pepper and mixed spice. 

Palate: A huge sweet mouthful of toasted bread, vanilla and brown sugar, with just a background hint of the flavours you’d expect from a traditional gin.   

Finish: Pleasant, dry with a toast, butter and marmalade laden sweetness. 

Comments: A good one for sipping over ice, but try it with soda or tonic water garnished with a twist of orange peel. 

 

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