Old Simon Genever
Price per bottle: ££
Sam Coyne – 8.0
Nose: Wonderfully floral and forward. Fresh. White wine and melon fruit salads and orange segments. I’m very excited.
Palate: Starts with a sweet syrupy note that develops a little green spice. A lovely, creamy maltiness and touch of menthol.
Finish: Spice – more on the green-side – and lasts with you.
Comments: Easy drinking genever – you’d think that a spirit like this could get more people behind the category if they give it a go. More than enough about it to enjoy neat.
David T. Smith – 9.1
Nose: Soft grain mixed with warm, mellow orange marmalade, with echoes of dark chocolate and rye bread.
Palate: Soft, but oily in texture; clean with character. Quietly builds to rye toast, mint, and fennel, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Finish: Piney, resinous flavours with a dash of black pepper combined with lingering citrus zest.
Comments: This shows how a good Genever has a mix of base spirit and botanical flavours; truly the best of both worlds in this instance – I wish there was more!