Product of: United Kingdom
• Jasmine from China
• Juniper from Macedonia
• Coriander seeds from Romania/Bulgaria
• Angelica root from Poland
• Orange peel from Spain
• Almonds from Spain
• Liquorice from China
• Cassia Bark from Indonesia
• Orris Root from Italy
This gin is named after and Captain Willem Barentsz, a Dutch navigator and Arctic explorer who went on three expeditions in search of a northeast passage. During the last of this expeditions he was stranded with his crew on Novaya Zemlya (an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean) for almost a year and he died on the return voyage in 1597. The Barents Sea is named after him.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 10/09/2016
Pungent jasmine blossom dominates with piney juniper and liquorice.
Jasmine is still very present but more classical gin botanicals, particularly juniper are more obvious.
Jasmine continues to dominate what is otherwise a London dry styled gin.
Jasmine blossom distinguishes this otherwise botanically classic London dry gin. Indeed, it would be fair to describe Willem Barentsz as a jasmine flavoured London dry gin – so much so that it could perhaps benefit from the jasmine being dialled back.