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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.


One Gin 43%

Distilled at Blackdown distillery, Sussex for Global Ethics Ltd/ The One Foundation.

Distilled in two batches: Batch 1: In a London dry style, using angelica, cassia, sweet and bitter orange, coriander seed, juniper, orris, lemon, liquorice and nutmeg.

Batch 2: Purely with sage.

Tasted: Oct 2017

The nose is fairly juniper heavy with sweet orange, sage, earthy coriander and liquorice root. Pleasantly balanced, quite full but fresh too.

The palate is subtler, opening with the oily spirit and hints of sage, nutmeg and coriander. The juniper is a little hidden and a touch bitter on the middle. Good length, continuing oily with a slight pepperiness and lingering liquorice root. Although the nose has more botanical intensity, the palate sort of grows on you.

Bottomley Distillers Tasting Notes

Posted: October 27, 2017 in English Gin, Gin

Pin Gin 40%

10 botanicals including: Juniper, Liquorice, Rose, Black Peppercorns, Lavender, Cucumber, Lemon and Orange Peel and Ground Almonds.

Tasted: Aug 2017

A good balanced nose of juniper, crisp lemon, almonds and oily, almost wheaty spirit notes. With time the rose and black pepper notes appear.

The palate is quite oily and nutty with subtle notes of juniper, pepper and sweet spirit. Rounded and mouth-filling with a balancing citrus character. Long and spicy with hints of cucumber and lavender in the after-taste.


Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin 45.7%

To a rice base spirit the following botanicals are added: Juniper, orris, ginger, bamboo leaves, red perilla, lemon and yuza peel, sansho pepper, kinome leaves, gyokuru green tea and hinoki wood. The botanicals are separated into 6 different categories (base, citrus, tea, spice, fruit, floral and herbal) and distilled separately. The second batch is then blended with the preceding batch to achieve consistency.

Tasted: Jun 2017

The nose is rounded and soft with subtle smoky juniper, leafy herbs, lemon grass, pepper, lemon, pine resin and warm spice. Very aromatic and different with a late hint of earth.

The palate is elegant, delicate, soft and rounded with juniper, lemon grass, pepper and a lovely resiny middle. The sharp lemon notes balances and the finish is long and spicy with pepper, ginger, lemon and some lingering lightly woody spice notes.


T.E.A Tasting Notes

Posted: July 1, 2017 in English Gin, Gin, Uncategorized

TEA Jasmine Gin 42%

The base spirit is made from East Anglian sugar beet by the English Distillery Company. The botanicals are macerated in the spirit before being re-distilled. Also some of the Earl Grey tea is vapour infused as well. Botanicals include: Jasmine Silver Tip Tea, English Rose Petal, Bay Leaf, Seville Orange Zest, Juniper and Coriander.

Tasted: Feb 2016

A lovely, pungent nose of slightly oily spirit character. Quite natural, creamy and earthy with subtle juniper, jasmine, coriander and orange.

The palate is soft and oily, opening with un-sweetened rose petals, jasmine and hints of juniper, earth and bay leaf. Wonderfully herbaceous with an almost minty freshness on the middle. Lovely balance and a long jasmine finish.

TEA Earl Grey Gin 42%

Botanicals include: Earl Grey Tea, Natural Bergamot Oil, English Rose Petal, Bay Leaf, Seville Orange Zest, Juniper and Coriander.

Tasted: Feb 2016

Pungent and oily with plenty of earthy spirit character. The bergamot and Earl Grey notes are quite subtle and delicate with a touch of orange and coriander coming through.

Soft and oily with plenty of bergamot to begin with. Gently sweet but earthy with bay leaf and coriander. The rose petal notes come through quite strongly on the middle and linger along with a touch of sweet-ish orange on the finish.

Copperhead Gin Tasting Notes

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Belgian Gin, Gin

Copperhead Gin 40%

Mr. Copperhead, according to the company was an alchemist who was searching for the elixir of life. During his experiments he distilled the following five botanicals – juniper, cardamom, orange peel, angelica and coriander in his copper pot still and lo, a myth or a gin was born. This gin, however was created by Yvan Vindevogel, a famous Belgian pharmacist who was interested in the medicinal properties of gin.

Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is quite herbal with noticeable juniper, coriander and orange. It has a pleasant citrus/ spice balance, although the spices come across as slightly musty.

The palate is slightly perfumed with sweet juniper and noticeable coriander. Hints of orange on the middle. Good length with lingering citrus and a slight bitter spice bite.

Copperhead Black Edition 42%

Made with adding elderberry and black Ceylon tea to the standard five botanicals.

Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is pungent and manuery with no shortage of black, slightly bitter tea leaves. There’s a hint of juniper but the tea notes dominate.

The palate isn’t quite the black tea overkill of the nose and shows more sweet juniper. Lightly mentholated with the black tea character being more integrated. Hints of bitter elderberry on the middle and the orange comes through on the finish. It’s unusual to say the least.