Rosé Sainte Marie
Salcombe Distilling Co.
Price per bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
David T. Smith
Aromas of strawberries and cream to start, before the more floral rose gently comes through.
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.
A clean, dry finish with a resinous character combined with lingering notes of rosewater at the end.
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.
A delicate introduction to this gin; think lavender pillow spray and my favourite Diptyque Rose candle.
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.
A refreshing citrus finish.
An enjoyable sip – with the pepper keeping it nicely grounded.