David T Smith Issue Nine Sam Coyne Tastings

OX44 – Handcrafted Gin

Handcrafted Gin 
Chalgrove Artisan Distillery

ABV: 45%
Country: England
Style: Contemporary
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 9.0 

Nose: Earthy juniper and ginger, a waft of liquorice and the peels of a lemon.

Palate: Opens with the combination of juniper and lemon, before a slightly malty note comes through. Flavour follows; milk chocolate, red berries, vanilla and cream. Citrus returns.

Finish: Short finish of that creamy, malt note.

Comments: What a drink! Such a good combination of flavours that are balanced and work well with one another. A good sipping gin, but with a light tonic this would definitely be an excellent refresher.

David T. Smith – 7.4 

Nose: Dry with hints of chocolate, spice, and coconut along with citrus and mint; even a hint of key lime pie.

Palate: A strong character with an oily mouthfeel. A mix of green mint and black pepper notes that combine to produce a menthol character. This develops into distinctly biscuity notes of coriander and then orange shortbread.

Finish: Oily, zesty citrus with an enduring pepperiness and heat.

Comments: A gin that is packed with flavour: lots of spice and citrus character. I’d be keen to try it in a Negroni.


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