Lovely, classic style nose, with angelica, lemon peel and juniper. As you inhale, the low notes greet you with a warm, slightly spicy underside. Quite classic, and overall quite nice. The palate is briefly punctuated with a pine-laden juniper hit, but the mid-palate escalates quickly and loudly: a bit of citrus peel and a lot of coriander. It’s perhaps the coriander which is leading to the roar on the back end which might indicate a touch too much coriander rich in linalool. The finish is crisp and dry, closing with a pleasant spicy astringency. Coriander and pepper notes, which segue into a long exceptionally dry finish which hands in the back corners of your mouth. The warmth is quite nice and the overall quality of the spirit itself is quite high.
It does a lot of things nicely, and its botanical intensity lends itself nicely in a Gin and Tonic or other gin + soda sort of drink. It does some nice things in cocktails as well, try it in a Last Word and you’ll find some of that coriander surplus nicely reigned in leaving a well-rounded and boldly flavored gin. Despite the really classic botanical bouquet, the floral/jammy notes make it hard for my to squarely describe it as such. Its an example of how the classic botanical bill can create something that is slightly contemporary. I find that when mixed in cocktails, it feels more classic than it comes across on its own.
-- The Gin is In