David T. Smith Issue Nine Sam Coyne Tastings

Verano – Spanish Lemons

Spanish Lemons 
William Grant & Sons

ABV: 40%
Country: Scotland
Style: Flavoured
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 7.6 

Nose: Welcome to lemon. Freshly sliced, then stewed with honey in a tea and finally a fizzing, zesty sherbets. 

Palate: Slightly bitter lemon sherbets – the lemon is zesty, like chewing on peels. Coriander provides a little variation in an otherwise straightforward spirit.

Finish: Long and unsurprisingly lemony. 

Comments: Straight-forward in terms of flavour and sticks to one track. Can imagine  served long that it’ll be a lovely and refreshing G&T, or perhaps it would be one for a citrus-forward Martini.

David T. Smith – 7.7 

Nose: Fresh and zesty with plenty of citrus peel and lemon with a dash of the sweetness of lemon sherbert.

Palate: There’s plenty of citrus along with a gentle sweetness: flavours of lemon oil, lemon curd, posset, and hard candy are combined with hints of grapefruit.

Finish: A lingering zing of citrus that is clean with no burn; a long, long finish.

Comments: Some gin fans may want more juniper, but this makes some refreshing drinks and pairs particularly well with tonic.


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