David T. Smith Issue 11 Phoebe Calver Recommended Tastings

The River Test Distillery – London Dry Gin

The River Test Distillery
London Dry Gin
The River Test Distillery

ABV: 43%
Country: England
Style: Dry
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: UK

Phoebe Calver 8.8

Nose: This reminds me of a little cake I once ate during an afternoon tea, with a honey sponge and dried flowers on top. 

Palate: The honey continues gently, adding in a little chamomile tea to bring out the earlier floral notes. There’s a creaminess to this that reminds me of the centre of a custard cream biscuit. 

Finish: The honey and creamy sweetness start to dissipate, but leave a delicious dry finish. 

Comments: I might go for this in a sweet little Bee’s Knees.

David T. Smith 9.0

Nose: The soft spiciness of cinnamon sugar, tonka bean and vanilla. Graceful, floral aromas of chamomile, hay and meadowsweet. 

Palate: A delightfully silky spirit with plenty of juniper up front: rich and piney. Balanced sweetness and a dusting of cinnamon notes along with a delicate, fresh leafiness. 

Finish: The sweetness subsides to leave a dry finish with notes of flaked almonds and a little pepper. 

Comments: An elegant gin with fruity and floral characteristics that would make a smashing Bramble.

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