David T Smith Issue Eight Sam Coyne Tastings

Mother’s Ruin – Old Tom Gin

Mother’s Ruin
Old Tom Gin
Mother’s Ruin

ABV: 40%
Country: England 
Style: Old Tom
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: UK

Sam Coyne – 7.6

Nose: Used orange peels, then freshly baked banana bread and cloves.

Palate: Sweet – more of the orange from the nose, but this time with a little more of the orange flesh too and a spoonful of honey. Liquorice brings a slightly woodier sweetness too. 

Finish: Middling length with the sweetness or orange candies.

Comments: Tasty and sweet – a number of the hallmarks of an Old Tom. I might have liked a little more spice but the orange note will win a lot of fans.

David T. Smith – 7.8 

Nose: Soft orange combined with the sweet spices of cassia, nutmeg, and cardamom.

Palate: A thick mouthfeel with a light honeyed sweetness and delicate, woody spice notes that lead to orange and juniper.

Finish: A gentle warmth on the finish with a touch of peppery spice.

Comments: A gin with great intensity and a balanced sweetness; a solid example of an Old Tom gin.

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