Genièvre de Houlle
Price per bottle: £££
David T Smith – 7.5
Nose: Dark roasted and chocolate-y malt, with wisps of smoke and residual alcohol.
Taste: A deep nuttiness to start with – pecans and brazil nuts – followed by notes of treacle and muscovado that develop into marbled rye.
Finish: Black pepper and menthol cardamom linger long on the finish.
Comments: A potent and bold genever; such a strong character makes it well-suited
Felicity Murray – 7.6
Nose: Powerful, slightly sweet and quite woody with a resinous tang. Aromas of curried spices and roasted almonds come through along with a touch of vanilla, dark chocolate and arrowroot.
Palate: Hot and peppery with malted grain, vanilla, leather, tobacco and just a touch of honey.
Finish: Dry and long with a sweetish edge.
Comments: More like a whisky in character than a gin, therefore try sipping over ice or mixed in a traditionally whisky-based cocktail such as an Old Fashioned.