David T Smith Issue Nine Sam Coyne Tastings

Mataroa – Mediterranean Dry Gin

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Mediterranean Dry Gin 
Melissanidi

ABV: 41.5%
Country: Greece
Style: Contemporary
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

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.

 

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