Firmin Filliers Tasting Notes

Posted: May 1, 2014 in Dutch Gin/ Genever, Gin

Filliers Dry Gin 28 – Classic 46%

Originally created in 1928 by the Belgian Genever distillers Firmin Filliers. Filliers Dry Gin 28 also uses 28 botanicals in addition to juniper.

Fresh and intensely junipery. Quite earthy, natural and smoky with hints of citrus and vanilla. Well balanced.

The palate is lightly earthy, softer and subtler than the nose suggests with sweet citrus and floral juniper. Good length, if a little over flowery with the juniper lingering.  Conclusion: I loved the intensity of the nose but it didn’t follow through on to the palate.

Filliers Dry Gin 28 – Classic 46%

Re-Tasted: Oct 2014

Nose: Big and aromatic with a huge noseful of juniper! Intense citrus notes are balanced by an earthy spirit character. With time coriander seed, black pepper and fennel(?) notes appear.

Palate: Opens with sweet orange, lemon and sugar coated citrus rind. The juniper s fairly subtle. Gently, oily spirit notes come through with a touch of sweet spice.

Finish: Very long with the juniper coming back quite strongly. Lovely, dry woody spice finish and a sweet orange after-taste.

Conclusion: The abv gives it intensity and a punch but there is complexity in the spirit too.

Filliers Dry Gin 28 – Classic 46%

Re-Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is quite full with an almost malty character. Subtly smoky juniper, earth, black pepper and subtle coriander spice.

The palate is fresher as the citrus is more noticeable and there is a lovely intensity of pepper and cassia bark along with again, subtly smoky juniper. Fills out well on the middle as the oils arrive and give it a sort of gin/ genever hybrid kind of feel. Good, dusty spice and citrus finish with just a touch of bitter bark notes.

Filliers Dry Gin 28 – Seasonal Tangerine Edition 43%

Crisp and slightly herbal to begin with on the nose with hints of juniper before the sweet tangerine notes make themselves known.

The palate is soft and a little flat with subtle tangerine and very subtle juniper. Slightly spicy on the middle. Good length with a slightly bitter finish and lingering sweet tangerine notes. Conclusion: A little straightforward but liqueur-like.

Filliers Dry Gin 28 – Seasonal Tangerine Edition 43%

Re-Tasted: Mar 2017

I’m still not a fan of this nose. The orange has a kind of plasticy feel to it and the juniper is practically unnoticeable.

The palate is earthy and dirty, again slightly plasticy, but showing more citrus and juniper. Quite a bitter finish. I’m still not a fan of the palate either!

Filliers Dry Gin 28 Pine Blossom 42.6%

Tasted: Oct 2014

Nose: Opens with a lovely, creamy spirit character. Quite earthy with an almost smoked meat note. With time it freshens as the juniper and citrus appears. In saying that the aromas are still very spirit dominated.

Palate: Soft and creamy with more noticeable juniper notes. Intense lemon notes freshen and a touch of angelica and light spice appears.

Finish: Good length with a soft herbal note and subtle, sweet cinnamon. Light cucumber after-taste.

Conclusion: The nose left me a bit cold it has to be said.

Filliers Old Grain Genever 15 year old Black Label 38.6%

Tasted: Oct 2014

Nose: Pungent and oaky – loads of grainy French oak. Sweetly mentholated with hints of oily dried fruit, coffee and chunky spices. The aromas definitely have an old grain whisky feel to them.

Palate: Soft and earthy with grainy oak and hints of dried fruit and liquorice. Again it resembles a mature grain whisky. Hints of mentholated herbs and spice.

Finish: very long with plenty of creamy, mature oak notes.

Conclusion: More of a similarity to an old grain whisky than gin, but very enjoyable.

Filliers Dry Gin 28 Barrel Aged 43.7%

Tasted: Oct 2014

Nose: Very subtle. Where’s the wood? Hints of juniper, mint, garden peas(?), vanilla and a light mentholated note are apparent. With time the oak does come through.

Palate: Again there isn’t a huge amount of oak character, maybe a touch of vanilla. Very subtle botanicals – juniper, coriander, orange and a touch of bitter spice.

Finish: medium length with lingering juniper and bittering oak.

Conclusion: Very subtle for a cask aged gin


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