11 Botanical Gin
Musgrave Crafted Spirits
Country: South Africa
Price Per Bottle: £11-20 (US$15-26)
David T Smith – 8.2
Nose: Bold and powerful with plenty of spice: clove, mace, and cassia, anise and wintergreen – sweet and aromatic.
Palate: Big red cassia upfront with a smooth and pleasant texture. Peanut brittle, before wintergreen and chamomile arrive; sweet, but light with an elegant complexity.
Finish: Pine jelly with oily coriander and the mellow complexity of honey roasted cashews.
Comments: Quite a sippable gin, with plenty of complexity to explore. A good option for a gin to pair with ginger ale.
Felicity Murray – 8.8
Nose: Grassy and herbal with hibiscus, lemongrass, bay leaves and Earl Grey tea. There’s just a hint of juniper and some fleshy fruit.
Palate: Now the citrus begins to shine through the oily mouthfeel with a gentle balance of zesty lime and soft juicy melon, set off by warm spices.
Finish: Soft and juicy with oranges, ginger and vanilla.
Comments: An easy to sip gin, but with enough guts to hold its own in a cocktail or G&T.