Smogen Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: June 12, 2015 in Gin, Scandinavian Gin

Strane London Dry Gin Merchant Strength 47.4%

Blended from 3 differently distilled gins. One juniper, one citrusy and one herbal.

Botanicals  include juniper berries, coriander seeds, lemon/ lime rind, almonds, basil, garden mint, sage, cinnamon bark, liquorice root and then two further ’secret’ botanicals.

Tasted: Oct 2014

Powerful and intense aromas with no shortage of juniper and citrus. Lemon and orange peel mingle with a slight clotted cream note. With time some light spices emerge along with a touch of angelica and cardamom and mint.

The palate is quite intense and a little sherbet. However some serious sharp citrus balances. It’s jam packed with juniper, plus hints of spice and mint. Again pretty alcoholic with a good length filled with sweet coriander, cinnamon and sugar coated citrus peel. Whoa! That’s a powerful gin!

A drop of water brings out the sugar coated citrus and a slight smokiness on the nose. On the palate it softens and sweetens. The juniper has become quite perfumed. However it still retains a surbe intensity and character with the sweet citrus lingering.

Strane London Dry Gin Navy Strength 57.1%

Tasted: Mar 2015

A very citrusy and junipery nose, which makes it feel like an amplified version of the Merchant Strength bottling. Softly spiced with coriander, cassia bark, liquorice and hints of leafy herbs.

The palate is soft and oily. The citrus is a little subdued but the palate show a greater degree of sweetness. Again quite juniper heavy with dusty coriander, orris root and cassia bark. A touch of elderflower and lemon comes through on the middle. Long with the drier spices notes showing, but the sweetness continues all the way through.

A drop of water makes the aromas oilier and spicier but less citric. Likewise on the palate although it brings out a light vanilla and orange rind note.

Strane London Dry Gin ‘Uncut’ 75.3%

Tasted: Feb 2015

A big hit of slightly sweet juniper along with lemon and mint. Very intense, which isn’t a surprise given the abv and although there is a slight alcohol prickle there is not as much as you would have expected. The spirit has loads of warm character and a slight earthiness.

Dry and powerful on the palate, opening with the gently sweetened juniper, lemon and lots of alcohol! It has a lovely sweet/ sour balance and a long, lightly creamy almond finish and lingering citrus.

With water the nose is fresher and displays more of the citrus character. Still very intense with a slight smokiness and hints of almond and cinnamon now. The palate is fuller, a little oilier and nuttier with plenty of herbal juniper and a sweetly spice lemon sorbet finish.

Strane London Dry Gin ‘Uncut’ Batch 2 76%

Tasted: Oct 2015

A fresh and citric nose. Orange/ lemon rind, sweet-ish juniper with some underlying warm cinnamon, cardamom and coriander. Definitely more citric in character than batch 1. There is a slight alcohol prickle but the sweet citrus balances.

The palate is sweet and citric – lemon, lime, mint and sweet juniper with hints of liquorice, coriander and a slight earthiness. Very intense and alcoholic (surprise!). Long, slightly sour fruit finish with a little bitter almond and bark on the finish.

Dilution doesn’t make much of a change to the nose; maybe it intensifies the juniper a little. On the palate it has become softer with a little more spirit character showing. Possibly a little spicier but still there’s still plenty of juniper and citrus.

Strane Oak Aged Gin 55%

Aged for over a year in ex-Smogen Sherry casks

Tasted: Sept 2016

Fresh and citric with lemon, juniper, sage, cinnamon, liquorice and coriander seed notes. The oak is quite subtle in character and adds a little vanilla and dried fruit sweetness. There is also a touch of burnt spice and smoke along with a gentle medicinal note.

The palate shows a little more oak (dried sherry fruit) and medicinal herbs but is still very well balanced. Hints of lemon, lime, juniper and menthol come through along with a lovely degree of spices on the middle. Long and citric with the juniper returning and lingering subtle vanilla, burnt spice and smoke.



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