Tropical Old Tom Gin
Style: Old Tom
Price per bottle: ££
Sam Coyne – 8.9
Nose: A seriously pleasant start. Floral. Shut your eyes and you could be walking through a flower-garden instead of drinking at your desk. Lemon and cinnamon come to the party.
Palate: Bubble-gum. Sweet and curious, but as it matures, you get piney juniper, bananas and pear-drops. Undercut by a refreshing lime zing.
Finish: Sweet and pine.
Comments: A surprise. Blown away by how it grows in sweetness, with enough juniper to please the purists. The gin that sees you put away your tonic.
Phoebe Calver – 8.3
Nose: Some seriously sweet fruit, a sort of pineapple type tang that is interesting against the juniper.
Taste: Not what I was expecting at all, the juicy fruit is still there, but it is overwhelmed by some seriously earthy juniper flavours. Warming spice curbs this a little, but it remains very prominent.
Finish: The spice gives it a lot of depth, the earthy taste remains.
Comments: An intriguing and unexpected gin, which throws a little bit of everything at the palate for you.