Price per bottle: ££
Sam Coyne – 9.0
Nose: Floral and citrus. In the background there’s an almost smoky, peated note. Something BBQ perhaps? Different.
Palate: Complex, but nicely balanced. There’s juniper initially – think gentle pine. Pepper comes to the fore, but smoky chipotle is the main player, along with BBQ-grilled peppers.
Finish: Citrus and of course, chipotle.
Comments: This is really special – completely left-field but enough juniper and citrus weight not to upset classic gin lovers. Mix this in a Negroni.
David T. Smith – 9.0
Nose: Savoury, salty, and slightly smoky, with smoked wood, lemon, rosemary, and juniper.
Palate: A resinous gin with hints of paprika, mesquite, and dark chocolate. The character of the gin unfurls with green agave-like leafiness and some toasted orange.
Finish: Complex herbal notes linger; this has a character that stays with you.
Comments: A really unusual gin, I suspect that this might divide opinion, however, I think that it’s unique and rather fun and would make a pretty spectacular Negroni.