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Product of: United Kingdom
The recipe used to make Stones is said to date from 1740 while the brand name dates from the mid-nineteenth century, when the wine was sold by Joseph Stone, a London grocer. Stone asked the Finsbury Distilling Company to make a ginger wine under his name.
Stone used the crest of the City of London on his label, perhaps to add sophistication, or possibly because his brother in law was the Lord Mayor of London.
Both Stone’s Original and Stone’s Reserve are made from the same raw materials. The final blend consists of a combination of gingered and ungingered raisin bases. Essentially Stone’s Reserve is a more concentrated version of the Original and is higher in alcohol, sweetness and acidity. Reserve is spicier than Stone's Original due to containing double the amount of ginger.
Sampled on 21/04/2013
Clear, mahogany amber with coppery highlights.
Candied ginger and vermouth with Christmassy spice.
Initially sweet and slightly syrupy before fiery ginger root spice emerges and dominates with dried fruit and vermouth-like complexity.
Long, powerfully spicy honeyed ginger finish.
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