Whitley Neill Tasting Notes

Posted: June 5, 2017 in English Gin, Gin

Whitley Neill Small Batch Gin 42%

Distilled at Langley’s near Birmingham, from 100% grain spirit that is steeped with botanicals prior to being distilled in a beautiful antique copper pot still called ‘Constance’ who is over 100 years old. (As is Brokers, Daffy’s and Langley’s No8)

Botanicals include: Juniper, coriander seed, sweet lemon and orange, orris, cassia bark, angelica root, and two African botanicals, Baobab fruit and Cape Gooseberries.

Tasted: Mar 2017

A fresh and citric nose with hints of juniper, spice and an almost pulped fruit character.

The palate is soft and quite full, almost starchy in character with subtle juniper and citrus. Pleasantly balanced with a touch of orris sweetness and a lightly floral finish.

Whitley Neill Quince Gin 43%

Tasted: Mar 2017

A pungent nose of fleshy quince, which comes across quite banana-like. There’s a subtle juniper and spice note but the fruit dominates.

Very sweet on the palate with again fleshy quince, honey. lemon balm, lemon peel and subtle juniper. Long and quite spicy (cassia?) but remaining sweet and slightly grassy.

Mary Le Bone Small Batch London Dry Gin 50.2%

Produced by the Pleasure Gardens Distilling Company, owned by HJ Neill, Located on the former site of Marylebone Pleasure Gardens, one of the three fashionable Pleasure Gardens of London, which existed in the 18 century, They claim to be London’s most central spirits distillery, with a history dating back eight generations to 1762. The Pleasure Gardens Distilling Company claims that Marylebone Gin uses the floral botanicals associated with those gardens.

Tasted: March 2017

A good, intense nose of smoky juniper and soft spice with an integrated floral note.

The palate opens with dusty spice and smoky juniper, followed by a touch of citrus peel and what appears to be lemon verbena. Good length with the clove and cassia bark coming through on the finish.


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