Rosé Sainte Marie
Salcombe Distilling Co.
Price per bottle: £££
Phoebe Calver 8.1
Nose: A delicate introduction to this gin; think lavender pillow spray and my favourite Diptyque Rose candle.
Palate: Although the delicacy from the nose remains, it is brightened up a little by some cracked pepper and juniper to give it an edge in the spice department. There’s a little dark berry sweetness.
Finish: A refreshing citrus finish.
Comments: An enjoyable sip – with the pepper keeping it nicely grounded.
David T. Smith 8.2
Nose: Aromas of strawberries and cream to start, before the more floral rose gently comes through.
Palate: White grape notes initially – fruity, yet floral – that make way for citrus and more dry flavours before the rose appears. It’s not sweet and is quite subtle, but graceful.
Finish: A clean, dry finish with a resinous character combined with lingering notes of rosewater at the end.
Comments: A modest and elegant rose gin. This opens it up to a wide range of drinks, but I’d start with a good Dry Martini.