Whyte & Mackay
Price per bottle: ££
Sam Coyne – 7.9
Nose: Sweet, confectionary nose, with bubblegum, blueberry jam and a faint juniper note.
Palate: So sweet. There’s foam banana amongst the blueberry compote now, bringing an early tropical note, then English country garden with cranberry bringing bitterness. Oily and rich.
Finish: Long with blueberry sweetness.
Comments: Firmly in the flavoured camp, with just a waft of juniper. A little over-sweet for me neat, however, mixed with lemon tonic it’s definitely enjoyable.
David T. Smith – 8.4
Nose: Tart blackcurrant and toasted sugar with menthol leafiness and lemon peel.
Palate: An initial creamy sweetness with a smooth mouthfeel and a gentle stickiness leads to flavours of plump blackberry followed by more subtle citrus and spice.
Finish: Creamy vanilla and the sweetness of vanilla ice-cream that’s been drizzled with a blackberry coulis.
Comments: Distinctive sweetness and just enough juniper and coriander to keep it within the bounds of gin. A lovely gin to enjoy with tonic.