David T Smith Issue Nine Sam Coyne Scotland Tastings

Byron’s Gin – Bird Cherry

Byron’s Gin
Bird Cherry
Speyside Distillers Company

ABV: 43%
Country: Scotland 
Style: Contemporary
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 7.9

Nose: Floral notes combined with lemon and lime. Behind is freshly chopped ginger.

Palate: Vibrant lime and more ginger. Both sweetness and spice. Red berry and juniper is present, expressed with fresh pine and a gentle woodiness. Gradually savoury and herbal, perhaps thyme? Slight bitterness at the end.

Finish: Long, herbal and with that gingery spice prickling the tip of the tongue.

Comments: This one’s bursting with life and flavour. The flavours present are well expressed and truly quite impressive.

David T. Smith – 7.3

Nose: A tad spirituous, followed by soft floral notes and piney citrus.

Palate: A good mouthfeel with a lime and mineral character that is also resinous with plenty of juniper and green leafiness. The woody earthiness of angelica root develops over time.

Finish: A light oiliness on the finish with notes of black pepper and a gradually building intensity and heat that lingers at the end.

Comments: A crisp, leafy gin with lots of flavour that is well-suited to a Gin & Tonic or perhaps a Gimlet.


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