Vintage Gin – Greencock’s Bristol Dry

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

Dolphin Vodka

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.

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About DTS

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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