David T. Smith Issue Eight Recommended Sam Coyne Tastings

Strane – London Dry Gin Merchant Strength

London Dry Gin Merchant Strength 

ABV: 47.4%
Country: Sweden
Style: Classic
Price per bottle: £££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 8.6

Nose: Some great classic notes on the nose; citrus, juniper, coriander and angelica. Liquorice. Starts out bright and inviting.

Palate: Wow, a lovely rich and oily mouthfeel. There is juniper and citrus upfront, which is nicely balanced. 

Finish: Clean with a warming spice and an earthy, wood note. 

Comments: Punchy and that mouthfeel is almost like a dessert. Could stand up in a number of cocktails, but the classic notes will naturally lead it to Martinis and with tonic.

David T. Smith – 8.8 

Nose: Bold citrus and spicy coriander, along with earthy angelica and piney juniper.

Palate: Intense notes of woody citrus develop into powerful and resinous juniper. Well-balanced and complex.

Finish: A hint of florality and gentle heat are joined by more juniper.

Comments: A powerful gin and a brilliant example of a classic gin. A good choice for a Gin & Tonic or a Martini.


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