Words by: Simon Difford
The following are newly released and other gin & genevers we've reviewed recently (newest at the top).
Please click on product names for full tasting notes, further information and to view the qualitative score out-of-five attributed to each product according to our Difford’s Guide rating system.
Tiger Premium Gin No.1
A classically styled London Dry Gin that's quality is worthy of a very slightly increased alc./vol. and more deluxe packaging.
Classic in style, superbly clean and straightforward, but perhaps lacks complexity and subtlety.
Portabello Road Gin Local Heros #02
This is a big gin bursting with bergamot freshness, timut pepper spice and subtler grassy and floral notes. These flavours - particularly bergamot explode in a G&T.
Trevethan Cornish Gin
Good juniper character with enlivening cardamom and black pepper spice, refreshing zesty orange and violet blossom. Invigorating and complex.
Before Gin Gevener
Beautifully balanced piney juniper, spice and leathery oak with rounding maltiness.
Blackdown Sussex Dry Gin
We found the nose off-putting but then were surprised by just how much we liked the taste of this silver birch influenced gin. Although bottled at a mere 37.5% alc./vol. Blackdown is also we'll-priced compared to some other "craft" gins.
The West Winds Gin The Broadside Navy Strength
Powerful in both flavour and alcohol by volume, The Broadside is an appropriate name. However, this bold gin is subtle and complex with faint saltiness, parma violet and nutty liquorice.
The West Winds Gin The Captain's Cut
Despite its very high alcohol content and cracked black pepper forward spicy botanicals, The Captain's Cut is surprisingly subdued with water/tonic. A gin for those who like their G&T served spicy with delicate herbal complexity.
The West Winds Gin The Maidenii Voyage Barrel Expedition Gin
This barrel aged gin is incredibly complex with strawberry, nutty and floral notes.
A most unusual gin from Switzerland with pronounced bitter lavender.
Graveney Organic Gin
There's something honest and innocent about this micro-distilled juniper forward gin with its distinctive black tea, nutty and parma violet notes.
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Sloe Gin
Distinctly drier and spicier than classic sloe gins with pronounced freshly sawn spruce woodiness.
Kyrö Distillery Company Koskue Finnish Aged Rye Gin
Rye spice bursts forth from this pungent pine and eucalyptus forward aged gin.
KWV Cruxland Gin
Kalahari truffle is the headline botanical in this South African gin but this is overwhelmed by cardamom and aniseed spice. Pleasing notes of rooibos help pull this very distinctly South African gin together.