Chalgrove Artisan Distillery
Price per bottle: ££
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.