Issue Seven Phoebe Calver Recommended Sam Coyne Tastings

Porter’s – Tropical Old Tom Gin

Tropical Old Tom Gin

ABV: 40%
Country: Scotland
Style: Old Tom
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

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.


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