The Cotswolds Distillery
The Cotswolds Distillery Company
Style: Cask Aged
Price per bottle: ££
David T Smith – 8.8
Nose: Butterscotch and menthol, somewhat reminiscent of Murray Mints, along with creamy notes of oak and just a hint of cedar.
Taste: A pleasant sweetness to start, with flavours of honey and maple followed by cedar and sappy pine. Great complexity with some floral, piney and woody notes.
Finish: Honey and heather with Scotch whisky, black pepper, and a floral sweetness.
Comments: An excellent example of an aged gin; the juniper shines through, while the wood adds a mellow sweetness.
Felicity Murray – 7.9
Nose: Toasted bread with butter and a thick layer of ginger marmalade, then coriander, sweet spices and liquorice.
Palate: A sweet, smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel. Rich, fruit mingles with juniper and brown sugar.
Finish: Silky and sweet but not cloying, pleasant fruity length.
Comments: This cries out to be served neat over ice or in a Negroni cocktail, but why not try it with a mixer such as ginger beer, or in a warming hot punch with fortified wine, fruits, cloves and spices.