Cocktails with… Brecon Gin

In yesterday’s soda water and Gin Collins tasting, I mentioned that the gin I used was Brecon Gin. This is made at the Penderyn Distillery in the village of Penderyn in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.
Brecon Gin is a Distilled Gin made to their own specific recipe and then shipped to Wales, where it is then blended with Penderyn malted barley spirit and diluted it down to 40%ABV using the water source under their distillery. This water supply has been filtered through a 340 million year old rock formation, which Penderyn say gives it added purity and clarity.

Brecon Gin contains 10 botanicals:
Coriander Seeds
Lemon Peel
Orange Peel
Orris Root
Cassia Bark
Penderyn is well-known for its range of whiskies, including a Madeira finish (my favourite), a sherry finish and a peated version. They also make Merlyn Liqueur and a vodka.

The Taste

#1 On its own
The nose was predominantly of spicy coriander, citrus and juniper.
To taste, it was initially smooth, before some sweeter citrus notes came through; there was juniper on the finish and a slightly floral tingling on the tongue right at the end.

#2 Gin & Tonic
This was a very classic style, with strong notes of juniper and citrus. There were little sweet hints, reminiscent of Refreshers sweets, which were quite pleasant. In addition to this, there was some coriander, angelica and more juniper on the finish.

#3 Martini
Strong crisp and flavourful. Juniper with some floral cremay notes. Quite intense flavour with a bitter dry note on the finish.

#4 Negroni
Rather classic, this cocktail was slightly dry with a good bitter-sweet balance. A good standard.

#5 Pink Gin
Textbook, strong juniper with some spicy citrus, coriander and warm cinnamon and nutmeg.

In Conclusion
Brecon Gin despite not technically being a London Dry Gin has the rather classic flavour profile of one and you could argue that it is the taste that really matters. My favourite drink was the Gin & Tonic.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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