Wemyss Vintage Malts Tasting Notes

Posted: April 29, 2014 in Gin, Scottish Gin

Darnley’s View Gin 40%

Four times distilled.

Tasted Nov/ Dec 2013

A lovely fresh and botanical nose with leafy spices and a hint of cucumber(?). Lightly smoked and an earthy, almost peaty note.

The palate is very natural and oily with plenty of herbal, leafy notes along with a subtle juniper note and some citrus. Good length with the spices becoming sweeter.

Conclusion: A very natural, lightly oiled gin with plenty of spirit character.

Darnley’s View Spiced Gin 42.7%

Re-Tasted Jan 2014

Quite pungent aromas of bitter wood spice along with hints of juniper. Waxy band relatively sweet with hints of herbs and fresh pine needles. With time it becomes slightly milky.

The palate is a little soapy to begin with and not quite as complex as the nose would suggest but it has a pleasant balance of citrus and juniper with a touch of cinnamon coming through. Good length with a balanced bitter/ sweet finish.

Darnley’s View Spiced Gin 42.7%

Re-Tasted: Oct 2014

Nose: Pungent and oily with hints of creamy and digestive biscuits. Gently spiced with hints of juniper, liquorice, sherbet lemon and salt. More spirit character than botanicals however.

Palate: Soft and sweetly spiced. Fresher than the nose with more citrus and juniper. The spirit character is not so overt but it can still be discerned, thus giving the palate a much better balance.

Finish: Long, lemony and very spicy with hints of pepper, coriander, cumin and chilli spice.

Conclusion: if the nose had the balance of the palate, this would have been bettler rather than just good!

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