Barrel Reserve Gin Chardonnay
Style: Cask Aged
Price Per Bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
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.