David T. Smith Issue 11 Phoebe Calver Recommended Tastings

Berkshire Botanical – Dry Gin


Berkshire Botanical

Dry Gin

H. J. Neill Ltd


ABV: 40.3%
Country: England
Style: Dry 
Price per bottle: £11-20 (US$15-26)
Availability: Worldwide


David T. Smith

Nose
Plump notes of orange peel with spicy coriander and a little hint of lemongrass.

Palate
Superb in texture with a delicate sweetness and silky mouthfeel. Light, leafy citrus flavours are accompanied by classic juniper notes and a pleasant oiliness. 

Finish
Stalky, leafy flavours, highlighted by light, sweet rooty notes of orris and angelica and just a tickle of alcohol heat. 

Comments
A lovely example of a classic gin with plenty of intensity; this has great versatility when it comes to mixing.

Score

8.8


Phoebe Calver

Nose
A face-full of pine – not overwhelming though as it’s complemented by the freshness of citrus. 

Palate
The citrus is coming from freshly picked oily oranges, which is honestly delightful. The pine remains with a little sweetness, met by warming hits of orris. 

Finish
There is a slight bittersweet citrus note to round it out – the warmth doesn’t linger for too long though. 

Comments
You could have a lot of fun with this, get your friends together and each pick a cocktail to test it with.

Score

8.6


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