The Cardrona Distillery
The Cardrona Distillery New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Price per bottle: £££
Phoebe Calver 8.4
Nose: A delicious bouquet of floral notes, particularly roses… excuse me one second while I find some antihistamines!
Palate: The rose petal notes continue in abundance, but are met with some seriously fragrant citrus, a little like thick-cut orange marmalade.
Finish: There’s a little spice poking through on the finish, with the citrus gently rounding things out.
Comments: This is full of surprises and to be honest I enjoyed it as it comes, maybe with a little ice.
David T. Smith 8.6
Nose: Rich fruit notes with dry grape, freshly cut pear and sweet floral aromas. Perfumed and aromatic.
Palate: An exceptionally oily and intense gin with notes of orange peel and orange blossom that are closely followed by jammy fruit and malty, sweet spice.
Finish: More oiliness on the finish, which is creamy, with hints of cracked coriander that provide both a little spice and citrus.
Comments: A bold gin which is well-matched with wine, whether that be in a Martini or a French ‘75.