David T Smith France Issue Nine Sam Coyne Tastings

Citadelle – No Mistake Old Tom Gin

No Mistake Old Tom Gin
Maison Ferrand

ABV: 46%
Country: France
Style: Old Tom
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 9.5

Nose: So much going on! All of it good too. Brandy, cherry liqueur, golden syrup and roasted chestnuts.

Palate: Rich and sweet, with an oily mouthfeel. Juniper comes through, but it’s been baked amongst an apple pie topped with cinnamon and Demerara sugar. Lashings of vanilla custard. Earthy wood notes bring a new dimension of flavour.

Finish: Long and sweet. Brown sugar and a spent coffee note.

Comments: Class. Not enough space to say how good this is. Sip it up or have the most banging Negroni.

David T. Smith – 9.3

Nose: Complex and inviting, with syrup sponge and cherry brandy notes.

Palate: Sweet and creamy Madagascan vanilla. The juniper is also evident, marrying well with the soft, spicy and woody notes and a balanced sweetness.

Finish: More juniper, resinous, oily and balanced with the sweet caramelised brown sugar.

Comments: A superb example of balance between the flavours of botanicals, wood, and sweetness. It’s very sippable, but would also make a smashing sweet Martini.


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