Issue Seven Phoebe Calver Sam Coyne Tastings

Isle of Wight – Mermaid Gin

Isle of Wight
Mermaid Gin
Isle of Wight Distillery

ABV: 42%
Country: England 
Style: Contemporary
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 7.8

Nose: Earthy juniper nose. Liquorice and baking spices. 

Palate: More of the earthy juniper, this time wrapped up in lemon peel. There’s a slightly soapy coriander note in there too. Pepper makes it a little more savoury towards the close of play. 

Finish: Long, but actually fresher and livelier than the palate and nose implied. 

Comments: Quite straight forward, without many frills. Tonic freshens up the juniper towards pine and brings through a fruitier note.

Phoebe Calver – 8.0 

Nose: An interesting combination, initially hitting you with earthy sweetness, followed by some lightly warming peppery spice. Earthy sweetness and some citrus.

Taste: The earthy sweetness still remains as strong as ever, some angelica and works nicely with the light juniper. Still a citric zest, which is being tamed a little by the herbal notes in there. 

Finish: Long, light and fruity.

Comments: Everything seems to be working in harmony here, works well with a little elderflower tonic.


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