Today’s Gin review has a slightly different view it is a bottle of Vintage Gin sent to me by Whisky Online. The gin in questions Greencock’s Bristol Dry Gin.
After some research I discovered that the brand was created by publican Michael J Dowdeswell of Oldbury-on-Severn in the 1970s. Mr Dowdeswell owned a local pub, the Anchor Inn and had his house-brand spirits range.
Sheep Dip Whisky
Pig’s Nose Whisky
Greencock Bristol Dry gin
Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose are still made today and are available through the Spencerfield Spirits Company.
Why Greencock’s? Well apparently there was once a gin made in Bristol* called Blackcock Gin and Greencocks was named in reference to that.
Very very slightly cloudy, quite a strong alcohol nose with minimal juniper, rather vodka-like. On the taste, initial softness with a little juniper and coriander. Rather subdued overall with some juniper on the finish. Not a lot of flavour and quite like vodka.
Gin & Tonic
Very light and smooth but this comes at the expense of the flavour. Mostly tastes of the tonic. Rather odd.
Once again a drink that is rather light on flavour and is a lot more like a Vodka Martini than a gin one. There is a slight juniper/coriander flavour at the end but it is very very subtle.
* Indeed there were times when various major cities made their own Gin, Portsmouth, Bristol and of course Plymouth (who still do!)
The Greencock Gin sample came from Whisky Online who sell a wide array of discontinued/old spirits miniatures, primarily whisky but some other drinks too.