Mediterranean Dry Gin
Price per bottle: ££
Sam Coyne – 8.7
Nose: Big hit of liquorice along with angelica and a woody note. There’s an aroma of fresh lemon and a sweet, floral smokiness.
Palate: Opens with a liquorice hit, before a subtle piney juniper. Wormwood develops before it’s lightened up by citrus and lavender.
Finish: Long, with a menthol freshness, with a warming smoke.
Comments: A flavour sensation and exposition of earthy notes. I’d mix with Mediterranean tonic to enhance the earthy notes. It would make a great grown-up twist on the Martini.
David T. Smith – 8.3
Nose: Aromatic with bold, sweet spice: star anise, nutmeg, and cardamom; similar to Christmas cookies.
Palate: Spicy with a balanced sweetness and an oily texture. Orange and coriander, followed by a resinous combination of juniper and menthol pepper.
Finish: The warming pepper continues onto the finish, accompanied by anise, reminiscent of aniseed ball sweets.
Comments: A complex gin with lots of spice that would make it well-suited to mixing with ginger ale or tonic for a festive drink.