Biggar & Leith
Price Per Bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 8.6
Nose: Bright and vivacious. Sunkissed jammy notes of blood orange and a touch of Orangina.
Palate: A dry start with juniper and a gentle earthiness. Dry, oily citrus, before the plump, floral sweetness of blood orange.
Finish: Oily flavours of zesty grapefruit and a zip of bitter-sweet orange peel and perfumed citrus blossom, which lingers.
Comments: A nice flavoured gin. Botanicals are evident and the citrus is engaging. Go with prosecco or with ice and sparkling water.
Felicity Murray – 8.8
Nose: Tangerine zest, almonds, honey and a bouquet of garden herbs mixed with pine leaves.
Palate: Bittersweet oranges dominate, leaving traditional juniper-driven flavours waiting in the wings. Balanced and complex.
Finish: Satisfyingly long with the tang of bitter orange and ripe juniper berries that develop a sweeter edge.
Comments: Its sharp, clean taste and clear rose colour make it ideal for creating new cocktails. Could also be simply sipped, with or without ice, or mixed with a straight tonic.