Heart of Suffolk Distillery
Price per bottle: £21-40
David T. Smith
A bold nose of wood and spice, in particular vanilla and cinnamon, with ripples of stone fruit and strawberry.
Succulent, jammy fruit to start: plum with a dash of anise, followed by dry, woody notes and a touch of burnt sugar and toffee.
Dry vanilla and crème brulée, highlighted by tannins and the creaminess of café au lait.
Whilst the botanical cinnamon comes through, I feel that by the end the barrel dominates; nonetheless, it would make a tasty Old Fashioned.
Vanilla crème brûlée with stem ginger. A hint of banana bread and lemon shortbread, with pleasant spicy herbal notes.
Surprisingly soft. Rich, toasty brioche, vanilla and ginger cream, and soft toffee chunks. There’s some nice orange citrus, but overall the gin character is a bit subdued.
Pleasant oaky dryness with pale caramel, sweet orange and a hint of powdered ginger.
If you don’t mind the strong wood influence, this would make a cracking Negroni.