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Phoebe Calver 7.6
Nose: Starts gently with a subtle undertone of red fruit compote.
Palate: There’s a spice, like the prickly sense you feel after crushing peppercorn. The spice doesn’t tamper with the prominent juniper. The fruit becomes more floral and herbaceous.
Finish: Wraps you up in a thyme blanket.
Comments: Overall this was not what I was expecting, not necessarily in a bad way. The fruit doesn’t stick around long enough for my taste but it does show a little more character with the addition of tonic.
David T. Smith 7.4
Nose: A modest nose with light berry notes and a touch of grassy leafiness.
Palate: A subtle note of dried strawberries quickly makes way for more traditional gin flavours such as lemon, bitter orange, orris and – of course – juniper.
Finish: Dry on the finish with a little of the bitterness of grapefruit, along with coriander and spice.
Comments: For a flavoured gin, this is particularly dry; that said, mixing this with tonic does allow more of the berry character to shine through.