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Wessex Gin – Alfred The Great

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Alfred The Great
Wessex Gin

ABV: 41.3%
Country: England 
Style: Classic
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 8.3

Nose: A classic, albeit not overly forward nose of juniper, citrus and earthy angelica. A slight savoury note on the end.

Palate: A light character generally.Piney juniper comes first before earthier notes of angelica, green coriander and slight citrus.

Finish: Long with a faint citrus note lingering.

Comments: A gin that celebrates classic flavours. Would personally serve with a lighter tonic for a G&T as the delicate flavours could get lost among an overpowering tonic.

David T. Smith – 8.7 

Nose: Well-balanced and elegant, with aromas of juniper, citrus, and angelica.

Palate: Cleanly distilled with crisp, piney juniper is followed by little coriander and citrus with a hint of floral earthiness. Relatively light in character, but what’s there is spot-on. 

Finish: The gentle glow of alcohol with a dash of cracked black pepper and flamed orange peel.

Comments: A very clean and well-made gin that’s delicate, but refined. Would be superb for a Martini.


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