David T. Smith Issue 10 Phoebe Calver Tastings

Whittaker’s Gin – Pink Particular

Whittaker’s Gin
Pink Particular
Whittaker’s Gin

Country: England
Style: Flavoured
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

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.

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