Price per bottle: ££
Phoebe Calver 8.0
Nose: Really pungent florality to this, definitely lavender and a little citrus to stop it smelling too soapy.
Palate: Waxy orange peels hit first, giving a great texture in the mouth. Then onto the earthy notes, almost like the inside a hot greenhouse on a summer’s day.
Finish: Lightly spiced juniper rounds this out for quite a subtle finish.
Comments: Quite a savoury gin in the end. I’d be intrigued to try it in a Gimlet.
David T. Smith 8.2
Nose: A complex nose with notes of menthol and gentian root. This herbal complexity is neatly balanced by palma violet sweetness.
Palate: An oily gin that coats the tongue and has a balanced bittersweetness. Some bready coriander notes develop over time.
Finish: Menthol, anise, and a soft, earthy sweetness, before a final zing of grapefruit and menthol pepper.
Comments: A powerful gin that could make some lovely drinks if mixed sympathetically – I think it would make a robust Negroni.