Nose: Very fresh, with some leafy notes akin to fleshy vegetables like cucumber. Floral and dusky herbs, too.
Taste: Again, this was quite floral, with a hint of fresh salad and herbs. Slightly sweet, but with a dry edge from the pine-y juniper, this reminded me of some of the Eastern European Gins, such as Russian Veresk and the Czech Rudolf Jelinek.2) Gin & Tonic
This was very dry and very herbal, once again reminding of gins from Eastern Europe. Being quite earthy, it reminded me of the forest. It was much lower on the citrus and not so crisp as other G&Ts, but good nonetheless.
Lovely; really crisp and clean. Quite savoury, with some great pine and herbal notes, but not much citrus. A bit different and a really nice change.
Soft and sweet, with hints of spice. There were some crisp, leafy notes a bit like cucumber, too. I thought this was quite fresh for a Negroni, with a moderate level of bitterness.
Very flavourful and rich, but not over-indulgent. Certainly an after-dinner desert drink, but a very pleasant one at that. Clean, creamy and chocolatey, with the gin giving it a pleasant, dry finish.
6) Hot Toddy
Very herbal, floral with hints of cloves and lavender and particularly strong notes of pine. I think this would work even better with honey, as opposed to sugar syrup.
7) Snowdrop (Invented by F. Benniman)
[40ml Gin, 20ml Lemon Juice, 10ml Triple Sec, 10ml Maraschino – SHAKE]
Tart and dry, with a minimal level of sweetness that was only really coming from the Maraschino at the end. There were also a good array of herbal notes. This was a bracing drink, but wasn’t that refreshing; unless you like sour drinks***, I’d avoid this.
Full of sweet citrus and herbal notes. These herbal elements from the gin go well with the sweet vermouth, creating a simple drink with a balanced flavour and a very pleasant finish.
I think Leopold’s is a welcome departure from the plethora of London Dry Gins currently on the market. Whilst keeping juniper/pine flavours in their proper place, the other herbal notes that come through give the gin a character similar to those of Studer, Veresk and Rudolf Jelinek.
I thought the cocktails that best presented this character were the Martinez and Martini; they were easily my favourites.