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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.

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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.

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.

 

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.

Abelforth’s Tasting Notes

Posted: June 5, 2017 in English Gin, Gin

Abelforth’s Bathtub Gin 43.3%

Re-Tasted: Mar 2017

Subtle but pungent aromas of juniper. Subtly smoky with hints of cinnamon, cardamom and clove. Good balance and intensity.

The palate is not as sweet as previous bottling and shows a more crisp, fresher character. Quite citric with sweet juniper, cinnamon and lightly bitter cardamom. Good length with the sweet juniper lingering.

Abelforth’s Bathtub Gin – Old Tom 42.4%

Sweetened post distillation with cane sugar

Tasted: Mar 2017

A big, mentholated juniper nose with a subtle sweetness. Lightly creamy and rounded with a touch of citrus.

The palate is powerful and sweeter than the nose suggests. Lightly smoked juniper, menthol and subtle spice follow. Lightly herbal with a pleasant spicy grip in the finish.

Abelforth’s Bathtub Gin – Sloe Gin 33.8%

Almost half a pound of the finest Sloes are used to produce every bottle of this cold-compounded Sloe Gin.

Tasted: Mar 2017

A huge hit of marzipan and almond on the nose with berries in syrup. Rich, sweet and almost liqueur-like. I suppose you can’t complain that it’s not expressive!

The palate shows more of the bitter/ sweet sloe character with subtler marzipan notes. Better balanced with hints of herbs, spice and juniper. Long with a pure berry sweetness and lingering marzipan. 

Abelforth’s Cask Aged Bathtub Gin 43.3%

Aged in first fill American oak oactave casks for 3 months, then a further 6 months in refilled casks

Botanicals: juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, clove and cardamom

Tasted: Dec 2016

Nose: Plenty of toasty oak and burnt wood. Very subtle juniper plus hints of lime. Quite smoky with time and develops warm cinnamon and white pepper.

Palate: Quite sweet with oak and juniper but some balancing crisp lime on the middle. Lightly mentholated herbal notes appear with time.

Finish: A little hot, citric and bitter.

Conclusion: Great nose, slightly disappointing palate and I’m not a fan of that finish!

Abelforth’s Bathtub Gin – Cask Aged 43.3%

Aged in ex-Few Spirits American oak first fill Octave casks for 3 months, then six months in second fill.

Re-Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose opens with no shortage of sweet vanilla, but the pungent juniper character stands up to it well. Pungent, expressive with a subtle mentholated note.

The palate is elegant and displays more juniper. The smoky vanilla oak is subtler, but still noticeable. Hints of orange rind, herbs and lightly bitter cardamom come though. Medium length with a bitter spice and oak finish. 

Abelforth’s Cask Aged Bathtub Gin, Navy Strength 57%

Tasted: Dec 2016

Nose: Mint, juniper and saffron? Along with hints of cinnamon, coriander seed and subtle vanilla oak. Slightly mentholated an toasty with developing granulated sugar and pepper.

Palate: Pleasantly soft with juniper, pepper, coriander seed and well integrated oak.

Finish: Medicinal and peppery with an almost savour character.

Conclusion: Dangerously easy to drink neat!

Abelforth’s Bathtub Gin – Cask Aged, Navy Strength 57%

Re-Tasted: Mar 2017

Powerful, smoky oak and smoky juniper aromas. Everything seems amplifies, the citrus, the spice, the juniper and the oak. The oak, however displays less of the vanilla character of the standard bottling and more of the oak char.

The palate shows more sweet vanilla along with the charred oak. There’s also with plenty of mentholated herbs, juniper and spice. A gentle sweetness balances the bitter spice on the finish.

Harrington Dry Gin 44%

Created by best friends Sion Edwards and Tom Warner, Warner Edwards Gin is made in a 200-year-old converted barn in Harrington, Northamptonshire. Their neutral grain spirit is brought in from Langley’s and their botanicals are a heady international mix which includes Cardamon from Guatemala, angelica root from Holland, black pepper from Vietnam & cinnamon quills from Sri Lanka, along with local elderflower, Italian juniper and Spanish orange. Distillation takes place in a Holstein Still (similar to the Burleighs) called ‘Curiosity’.

Tasted: Mar 2017

An interesting, fresh nose with a quinine note? Relatively subtle juniper which has a light smokiness. The citrus notes have a pleasant sweetness and there’s a touch of cardamom, black pepper and nutmeg.

The palate is glacial fresh and crisp. It shows more juniper character and lemon. Subtly spiced middle and a long, dusty nutmeg and cinnamon finish.

Harrington Dry Gin 44%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2018

A good fresh nose with sweet juniper, lemon, pepper and coriander. Good complexity with a touch of oily spirit character and late orange and fleshy fruit.

The palate is soft and full with a good creamy mouth-feel. Juinper, coriander, pepper and orange come through and the middle is full and lemony. Long, fresh but sweet finish with a light spice finish.

Harrington Botanical Garden ‘Melissa Gin’ 43%

Small batch, made with lemon balm.

Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose displays plenty of pungent, earthy spirit notes along with earthy juniper, mint? and lemon balm. The aromas have a lovely, natural character.

The palate is oily and character with herbal juniper and again a slight mintiness. Earthy juniper, liquorice root and coriander mingle with the lemon balm, which lingers on the finish.

Harrington Botanical Garden ‘Melissa Gin’ 43%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2018

An earthy and oily nose with plenty of spirit character. The lemon and juniper is very subtle and gives the nose a simplistic feel. Late cinnamon notes.

The palate is sweet-ish and oily with earthy spice and very subtle juniper. A little flat to be honest with a fresher herbal finish. Not as interesting as I remember it.

Harrington Elderflower Gin 40%

Infused with elderflower and sweetened post distillation

Tasted: Mar 2017

Quite a subtle nose with smoky juniper and floral elderflower and herbal notes.

The palate is sweet and sugary with hints of juniper and lemon. The elderflower comes through pretty strongly and it continues sweet. I don’t think there is quite enough citrus to balance the sweetness.

Harrington Elderflower Gin 40%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2018

A pungent elderflower nose with hints of earthy juniper, coriander, cinnamon and a touch of lemon, which gives it a fresh edge.

The palate is sweeter than the nose, almost like an Old Tom and with an elderflower cordial-like character. Hints of juniper, pepper and sharper spices. Long and sweet-ish with a balancing citrus note in the finish.

Harrington Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin 40%

The dry gin is re-distilled with crushed rhubarb juice.

Tasted: Mar 2017

A charming and subtle nose with a good combination of sweet and sour rhubarb. Hints of smoky juniper follow along with what seems like a touch of rose petal.

The palate displays the same, pleasant bitter/ sweet balance as the nose with plenty of rhubarb character. Hints of spice, juniper and rose petals follow along with a touch of cardamom and nutmeg. Good length with lingering rhubarb.

Harrington Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin 40%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2018

The nose is subtly earthy with a gentle rhubarb character. Good sweet/ sour balance with a touch of juniper, coriander and elderflower.

The palate opens with some intensely sour rhubarb but the sweeter rhubarb notes balance. Very subtle on the juniper with coriander and floral elderflower. Soft, slightly citric and bitter finish with underlying castor sugar-like notes and lingering fleshy fruit.

Harrington Sloe Gin 30%

Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is quite subtle on the sloe character with hints of cumin, juniper and slightly mentholated herbal notes.

The palate displays both sweet and smoky sloe character along with hints of juniper. Quite fresh but the sweeter berry notes come through strongly on the finish.

Harrington Sloe Gin 30%

Re-Tasted: Feb 2018

The nose is redolent of cumin, with sweet and bitter sloe notes. Subtle earthy and herbaceous notes and very subtle juniper notes follow.

The palate is thick and juicy with a good sweet/ sour balance. Plenty of sloe, along with hints of earth, pepper and cumin. Long, thick berry finish.

Harrington Honeybee Gin 43%

Tasted: Feb 2018

Aromas of oily spirit and hints of set honey, which become increasingly sweeter and pungent. The juniper is subtle and earthy. Late hints of pepper and coriander.

The palate opens with sweet honeycomb, sweet juniper and liquid honey. There are subtle notes of lemon, coriander and pepper on the middle. Good length with lingering juniper.

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.

Tiger Gin 40%

Distilled by the Shropshire Gin Company, using Balkan juniper, Eastern European coriander, French/ Belgian angelic root, Spanish lemon peel, Chinese cassia bark, Mediterranean liquorice root, West Indian ground nutmeg. Madagascan cinnamon bark, Italian orris root powder and 2 other ‘secret ingredients’

Tasted: Jan 2017

The nose opens with dusty nutmeg, warm cassia and cinnamon. The subtle but fresh spirit character and citrus cuts through along with hints of juniper and floral orris.

The palate is fresh and crisp but full bodied with juniper, warming spice and subtly bitter barky spice. Good lemon character on the middle. Lovely intensity and depth with the citrus lingering along with a touch of liquorice root, angelica and coriander.