Rare Dry Gin
Four Pillars Distillery
Price per bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
David T. Smith
A bright, citrus leafiness: lemon with verbena and myrtle; exceptionally inviting and fresh – smells like just-cut flower stems.
Well-balanced with lots of complexity. The flavours develop from citrus to pine to earthiness to spice with just the right level of sweetness to bring the character out.
A clean finish with very little alcohol heat and a pleasant mix of pine and lingering menthol pepper.
Interesting and exciting. It’s a good all-rounder, but really shines when sipped over ice.
Incredibly fresh from the off, with wafts of fresh mint tea and a light floral edge.
It continues with some sweetness from citrus, then moving towards festive spice with punchy cinnamon and a little angelica making an appearance. A hint of stewed bright red berries.
Lingering liquorice notes have appeared, with a nod to the citrus on the way out.
I’d keep it simple to enjoy the liquorice notes with a splash of tonic.