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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.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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.

Nelson’s Gin Distillery

Posted: August 16, 2016 in English Gin, Gin

Nelson’s London Dry Gin No7 42.5%

Tasted: July 2016

Botanicals Include: Juniper, Thai Lemon Grass, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Madagascan Vanilla, Sri Lankan Cinnamon

A crisp and fresh nose with juniper and plenty of spice – cinnamon and coriander, along with a touch of vanilla and lime?

The palate is softer and fuller with a touch more vanilla and lightly oiled spirit character. Hints of bitter spice, cinnamon, cardamom? cassia bark? come through on the middle. Good intensity with the woody spice notes lingering along with a sliver of citrus and grass.

Nelson’s Rhubarb & Custard Gin 41%

Tasted: Nov 2016

The nose is lightly citric and junipery with a touch of vanilla, which could be mistaken for custard. Lightly soapy with a touch of ‘pink’ fruit.

The palate is a little flat and milky with sweet rhubarb, vanilla, juniper and bitter orris. Short and a little hot on the finish with lingering herbal notes.

Bimber London Dry Gin 42%

Juniper and 9 other botanicals

Tasted: Apr 2016

Sweet and slightly soapy juniper aromas with hints of citrus, coriander seed, cassia bark, cardamom and earth.

The palate is soft and slightly creamy with subtle juniper and dry spice – coriander and cassia bark. Dry and wood with a touch of liquorice root. Long and remaining junipery and spicy.

 

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin 42%

Juniper, Cardamon, Orange, Fennel, Bay Leaf and Szechwan pepper.

Tasted: Apr 2016

Quite intense and fresh with sweet juniper, orange and fennel. Slightly earthy with spicy pepper and late bay leaf notes. Underlying is a subtle wheaty, spirit note.

The palate is fresh but fuller with sweet juniper, citrus and subtle pepper notes. Good intensity and complexity with developing cardamom and earthy spices. Good length with lingering cardamom, fennel and bay leaf.

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin – Lavender Edition 42%

Tasted: Apr 2016

The nose is rather subdued and flat, with a blink and you miss it lavender note. Hints of juniper and citrus follow.

The palate is a little fresher with sweet juniper and a touch of over sweet lavender. Plenty of cardamom on the middle but it’s really bittering. Dry, earthy, lavender finish but the bitterness lingers.

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin – Yorkshire Tea Edition 42%

Tasted: Apr 2016

The nose is definitely not subtle! A combination of cold Yorkshire tea and heavy, almost feinty, oily, wheaty spirit. There’s a touch of liquorice, black pepper but the tea is seriously overpowering.

The palate is dusty and earthy, with, again plenty of slightly bitter tea leaves and just a hint of sweet juniper an cardamom on the middle. Slightly better balanced but it’s very bitter. Good finish, if somewhat drying with lingering tea notes.

 

Daffy’s Tasting Notes

Posted: August 29, 2015 in English Gin, Gin

Daffy’s Gin 43.3%

French Wheat grain spirit re-distilled in England with juniper, coriander seed, cassia bark, Lebanese mint, lemon peel, angelica and orris.

Tasted: Jun 2015

Soft and creamy nose with immediately noticeable cassia and coriander. The mint is subtle and the citrus add a lovely freshness along with some pleasantly perfumed juniper. Good balance with some wheaty spirit notes.

The palate is soft but crisp and fresh with the mint a little more noticeable. Again subtle juniper, cassia bark, bitter coriander and orris notes come through. Lightly creamy with a sweet, spicy finish and minty fresh after-taste.

The Lakes Distillery Gin 40%

100% English Wheat

Distilled with 14 botanicals (6 native to Cumbria) Cumbrian Juniper, Meadowsweet, Bilberry, Heather, Hawthorn, Mint, Cassia Bark, Coriander

Tasted: Feb 2015

The aromas are soft and slightly wheaty. There is definitely more spirit character than botanical character, but some subtle, soft juniper is evident along with heather, spice, cassia bark and some sweet floral notes which must be the meadowsweet. Quite crisp and clean.

The palate is soft and creamy and like the nose, displaying more wheaty spirit character than botanicals. Hints of lemon, juniper, flowers, cassia bark and ginger come through. Mouth-filling and long with hints of liquorice and drier spices on the finish. A pleasant, subtle gin.