David T. Smith Issue 11 Phoebe Calver Recommended Tastings

Forty Spotted – Australian Citrus Gin


Forty Spotted

Australian Citrus Gin

Lark Distillery


ABV: 40%
Country: Australia
Style: Flavoured 
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
Availability: Worldwide


David T. Smith

Nose
Full, plump and fruity: succulent berries and plumy red fruit, before zesty citrus. Innovative and exciting. 

Palate
Notably smooth in texture with well-integrated alcohol. Rich and complex citrus notes on the palate with lemon, lime and an aromatic leafininess; rousing and refreshing. 

Finish
Juniper comes up on the finish, crisp and resinous, and stays for a long time.

Comments
A very versatile gin that, given its bright citrus, makes it a guaranteed crowd-pleaser – would make a tip-top Gin & Tonic.

Score

8.8


Phoebe Calver

Nose
Oh boy, this is packed full of flavour from the off, think black forest gateau fruit. Big and bold, with a creamy edge and a little lime goodness. 

Palate
The richness from the nose is still here, but now is giving more time to a rising current of citrus, leading with fresh lime. The initial fruit-packed nose subsides, giving way to the traditional notes of piney juniper. 

Finish
Rich juniper and a hint of that citrus for a deliciously long finish. 

Comments
The gateau notes from the nose are making me crave this in a bramble.

Score

8.5


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