The Borders Distillery
Price per bottle: ££
David T Smith – 8.1
Nose: Hints of pear drops and dry almonds with a touch of marzipan and jasmine.
Taste: A very creamy gin with a smooth texture that reminds me of coconut milk as well as dry cocoa, followed by hints of orange.
Finish: Especially dry on the finish, with flavours of citrus and coriander with a little oxidised apple.
Overall: A notably fragrant gin with a particular dry nuttiness that would lend itself well to a French 75.
Felicity Murray – 7.8
Nose: Damp, mossy rain forests, earthy and slightly woody with savoury elements, then a heap of herbaceous vegetation follows with a mellow fruitiness.
Palate: Oily and rich with nuts, almonds, walnuts and nutmeg, warm spices and soft stone fruits.
Finish: Buttery smooth, long and gentle with a hint of chamomile, vanilla and a tiny touch of liquorice.
Comments: A mild and mellow gin despite its fairly high alcohol content. Add tonic and garnish with a chestnut skewer or vanilla pod.