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Three Rivers Gin 40%

Botanicals: Juniper, oats, orris, coriander, almond, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel and black pepper.

Tasted: Feb 2018

The nose is full and creamy with oats and vanilla. Slightly earthy and smoky juniper follows, along with a slight perfumed citrus and cardamom.

Like the nose, the palate is full and creamy with oats and vanilla to begin with. Subtly spiced with coriander and cinnamon coming through on the middle. Good length with a cardamom, orange and black pepper finish. Lovely progression.


The English Drinks Company Cucumber Gin 40%

Distilled at Langley’s in Birmingham

Botanicals: Juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark, orris root, lemon peel, liquorice root, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tasted: Jan 2018

The cucumber is very noticeable on the nose (which is good I suppose!) However it doesn’t dominate and hints of juniper, cassia, sweet lemon and coriander can be detected.

The palate opens with a pleasant combination of sweet and spritzy lemon with cucumber and juniper. Very lemony on the middle with a touch of cassia and coriander. Long and remaining fresh and citric.

The English Drinks Company Pink Gin 40%

Botanicals: Pomegranate, chinchona bark, juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark, orris root, lemon peel, liquorice root, nutmeg and cinnamon

Tasted: Jan 2018

A pleasant, fresh and citric nose with slightly sweet juniper and hints of berry and pomegranate fruit, , rose petal and pink grapefruit-like notes.

The palate is like the nose, fresh and citric with juniper, pomegranate, cassia bark, rose petal and dusty spice. Good intensity and sweet/ sour balance. Long, slightly peppery spice finish.

Dam Raider Gin 40%

Botanicals: juniper, angelica root, coriander, lemon peel. liquorice bark, orange peel and orris.

Tasted: Jan 2018

A heavy, oily nose with subtle juniper, citrus and earthy notes. There’s an almost cardamom-like note and a good degree of wheaty spirit.

The palate is quite oily and wheaty with plenty of sweet, spirit character. Hints of juniper, orange, earth, coriander and barky spices follow. Long, slightly bitter finish with lingering spice.

Herno London Dry Gin 40.5%

Tasted: Nov 2016

Nose: A big hit of juniper, sweet rose petals, cardamom and citrus. Lovely intensity with some subtle barky spice notes.

Palate: Very juniper orientated but intense and fresh with a touch of citrus, orris, cinnamon sticks and cassia bark.

Finish: Long and citric with lingering orange/ lemon peel and spice.

Conclusion: Complex And well balanced. Great, tongue tingling finish.

Herno Navy Strength Gin 57%

Tasted: Nov 2016

Nose: Fresh, citric and junipery with a touch of cereal spirit beneath. Balanced with lemon verbena, coriander, cassia and perfumed juniper.

Palate: Soft and surprisingly not overly alcoholic when tasted neat. Juniper, lemon, cardamom, coriander, cassia and elderflower.

Finish: Very intense and lemony. Mouth-watering with lingering juniper and elderflower.

Conclusion: Superb! The alcohol is amazingly well integrated and the complexity is off the scale!

Herno Juniper Cask Gin 47%

Sweden, Matured for 30 days in 39.25-litre casks made from Juniper wood

Tasted: Dec 2016

Nose: Fresh and crisp, but astringent. Very junipery with earth, menthol and chlorine. The oak is so subtle it might not as well be there!

Palate: Fresh but watery with a touch of juniper but no real oak character.

Finish: Reasonably intense juniper finish.

Conclusion: Where’s the oak?

Bareksten Botanical Gin 46%

Distilled at the Oss Craft Distillery in Norway from Potatoes

Batch 0018/0757

Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, blueberries, grains of paradise, cardamom, angelica root. nutmeg, rose root, lemon peel, orris, rhubarb, lime peel, lavender, orange peel, chamomile, fennel, cinnamon, caraway, aniseed, red clover, lingonberries, elderflower,mint, arnica flowers, rose flowers.

Tasted: Nov 2017

Intense, but very fresh, slightly bitter juniper with pine-like notes, rose, berries, earth, bark, cinnamon and a subtle floral note. The citrus and salt sit in the background adding to the freshness.

The palate is full and slightly starchy with sweet juniper, orange, fern/ pine along with woody/ bitter spice notes. Hints of caraway, aniseed, cardamom and earth come through on the middle along with a subtle berry note. Long, wild and spicy finish with lingering bitter juniper.

Nikka Tasting Notes

Posted: January 18, 2018 in Gin, Japanese Gin

Nikka Coffey Gin 47%

Botanicals: (Japanese) Yuzu, sansho pepper, kabousa, amanatsu, shequasar, (Traditional) juniper, angelica root, coriander, lemon and orange peel, apple juice.

Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose opens with the juniper and pronounced orange. Subtly floral with hints of soft but earthy coriander and pepper. The crisp juniper powers through with time aided by some almost tart lemon. Superbly balanced.

The palate, like nose, begins with the subtly sweet orange and fresh juniper. It becomes fuller as a touch of spirit character comes through, along with coriander, sweet pepper and lemon on the middle.

Isfjord Premium Arctic Gin 44%

Botanicals: juniper, lemon grass, angelica root, coriander, cardamom, lemon and orange peel, lavender flowers, rose blade, ginger, liquorice root and sandalwood.

Tasted: Oct 2017

The aromas are fairly heavy and resiny, reminiscent of pine sap. Hints of juniper, lemon grass and subtle, but bitter spices. There is a slight floral edge, which is probably the lavender and hints of wheaty spirit.

The palate displays a good intensity of wheaty spirit with a fresh, citrus edge with again a pine needle-like character and hints of orange, juniper and subtle sweet coriander and what seems like caraway. Good intensity with some sweeter juniper coming through on the finish, along with some bitter sandalwood.

Feckin Irish Gin 37.5%

Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, lemon, angelica root, cassia

Tasted: Oct 2017

A very lemony nose with hints of juniper. Quite full with a subtle spirit character.

The palate is fresher than the nose, but still lemon dominated with hints of castor sugar, juniper and coriander. Simple but deep with lingering lemon and cassia.

Gin MG 40%

Created by the Giro Ribot family, using only juniper from their own bushes in the Penedes region of Spain.

Tasted: Oct 2017

The nose displays a good intensity of juniper, both sweet and slightly bitter. There’s an almost anise-like note along with a slightly wheaty spirit note.

The palate is initially fresh and crisp with earthy juniper. There’s a slight feintiness in the background and it fills out well on the middle as the spirit character becomes more noticeable. The finish is fresher with a lingering, almost dusty spiciness.

Friday Chic Gin 40%

Distilled in the Bairrada region of Portugal at the Caves de Montanha

Botanicals: Juniper, cardamom, rose petal, orange blossom and vine leaf.

Tasted: Oct 2017

The aromas are quite dense and slightly starchy with an almost tropical, citrus fruit character. Hints of rose petal and very subtly, warm juniper. With time it becomes a little sweet and herbal.

The palate is full and slightly oily, opening with loads of sweet orange and hints of rose petal. The juniper is rather buried, but it has a good weight, if somewhat simple. Subtle herbal and bitter finish.