David T. Smith Issue Nine Sam Coyne Tastings

Verano – Spanish Watermelon

Spanish Watermelon 
William Grant & Sons

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

Sam Coyne – 7.9 

Nose: Fresh watermelon, a little lemon, a green piney note and some crisp white wine.

Palate: Watermelon flirts with juniper pine upfront in a blend of sweet and bitter. Then a little citrus. Has a light mouthfeel, reminiscent of watermelon juices…

Finish: Short to middling length with a confectionary sweetness remaining.

Comments: A tasty refresher. Captures the chosen flavour nicely. Will surely serve as a great summer long drink with some sparkling water.

David T. Smith – 7.8 

Nose: Candied fruit and luscious watermelon, this reminds me a lot of watermelon sorbet.

Palate: Soft and almost fluffy in terms of texture, this has a smooth vanilla sweetness that’s followed by a slight bitterness. The fuller, more luscious watermelon flavours then return.

Finish: Lingering heat combined with subtle notes of angelica, juniper, and citrus.

Comments: Refreshing: it would be great on a hot day with plenty of ice, sparkling water, and a twist of lime.

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