David T Smith Issue Nine Sam Coyne Scotland Tastings

Byron’s Gin – Melancholy Thistle

Byron’s Gin
Melancholy Thistle 
Speyside Distillers Company

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

Sam Coyne – 8.2

Nose: Gentle with cereal notes. Piney juniper and petrichor.

Palate: A real unctuous malty spirit that is then brightened up by the piney juniper from the nose. So green and fresh. Grassy, before slightly bitter red berries come through.

Finish: Long and fresh – more of the malt flavour, but somehow manages to remain palate cleansing. 

Comments: A great example of how you can play with gin and keep it classy. It’s earthy throughout, but with the red berry note providing just the right amount of light relief.

David T. Smith – 8.0 

Nose: Crisp and clean, with aromas of candied violet and rose and a touch of raspberry. Fruity and floral.

Palate: Earthy, with the gentle sweetness of liquorice root, angelica and the distinctive and gradually-building piney juniper. A well-rounded minerality and flinty mouthfeel is well-matched with lime.

Finish: Citrus tingle continues, with black pepper warmth and nutty nigella seed.

Comments: A clean and powerful with a healthy dose of juniper. A rather fine Martini gin that would be good with a twist of lime.

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