Spirit of Harrogate
Price per bottle: ££
Sam Coyne – 7.8
Nose: Some classic gin notes; juniper and coriander. However, the star is the fruit flavours of grapefruit, rhubarb and gooseberry.
Palate: More tart gooseberries upfront, there’s a solid, more classical background with juniper, coriander and eventually lemon peels. Elderflower note. Fruit compliments the classic rather than overpowering.
Finish: Lingering and a little tart.
Comments: Some good balance and would work nicely with a tonic that lightens the floral notes.
David T. Smith – 7.4
Nose: Plump, fruity gooseberry aromas with a sprinkle of lemon citrus.
Palate: Floral notes to start, including violet and rose, followed by mellow, jammy gooseberry flavours.
Finish: Some alcohol and a lingering tingle of tart gooseberry.
Comments: Solid flavours of gooseberry are balanced with other botanical notes. I think this would work well in a Gin Fizz.