Cask Strength Bourbon Barrel
Style: Cask Aged
Price Per Bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
David T Smith – 8.4
Nose: Rich, complex aromas of plump berries, maple and pecan. Nutty and fruity, it promises a lot for the palate.
Palate: Initial orange blossom and honey; then gradually building notes of cedar and juniper, followed by lavender and flamed orange. Stone fruit and chocolate add sweetness.
Finish: Lingering smoke and cherry wood. A final, resinous menthol.
Comments: The gin is surprisingly smooth for its high ABV and has great botanical intensity, making it very mixable.
Felicity Murray – 8.9
Nose: Rich and honeyed with vanilla, cloves, ginger and cinnamon spice over a layer of pine leaves and damp leather.
Palate: Like a good aged rum, but showing gin characteristics. Traces of citrus fruit and juniper creeping through the sweet, wood imparted flavours.
Finish: Demerara sugar, Seville oranges, cloves and a slight woodiness.
Comments: A bold gin that would make an interesting sipping spirit on its own, but also a great base for long drinks including the good old G&T.