David T. Smith Issue 11 Phoebe Calver Tastings

Oxley – Cold Distilled London Dry Gin

Cold Distilled London Dry Gin
Oxley Spirits Company

ABV: 47%
Country: England
Style: Dry 
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Phoebe Calver 7.7

Nose: This is making me want to hike through a forest – it’s like spring in a glass with soft dry pine, juniper and some wafts of blossom. 

Palate: There’s a lot more zest here than I was expecting from the nose; it’s lemony. Then there’s a herbal tea, like liquorice and peppermint but a little less in-you-face. 

Finish: The flavours soften out to a simple long finish of juniper and aniseed. 

Comments: I’d be intrigued to see what happens when sipping this over a little ice.

David T. Smith 7.9

Nose: Green, slightly vegetal notes on the nose: sage and freshly cut grass, accompanied by the earthy, floral notes of angelica. 

Palate: Modest intensity of flavour: lots of piney earthiness, raspberry and blackberry. Violet petals and orris root develop, along with sweet liquorice and a green, grassy mastika-like note. 

Finish: A clean, earthy finish with notes of cocoa powder and resinous pepper. 

Comments: Elegant, clean and dry. It would make a good choice for a Martini.

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