Cocktails with… Finsbury Platinum Gin

Finsbury Platinum Gin is distilled using a recipe from the Finsbury Distilling Company, which, back in the 18th and 19th Centuries, was one of the prestigious distilleries in the City of London. The distillery closed decades ago and, since then, Finsbury Gin has been made at a variety of other distilleries across the country; currently, it is produced at Langley by Alcohols.

There are currently three gins is the Finsbury range:
> Finsbury London Dry Gin – 37.5%
> Finsbury London Dry Gin – 60%
> Finsbury Platinum – 47%

It is the last of these, Finsbury Platinum, which is of interest today. This bottled at 47% ABV and in 2010 the IWSC awarded it a silver medal.

Own
nose: juniper, earthy herbal notes and some sweet spicy hints
taste: q rich oily texture, quite smooth with a slight peppery warmth. A good range of the Classic Gin characteristics, dry, sappy pine juniper, spicy cirtrus of coriander as well as some more succulent, jucier citrus notes. Very good indeed.

Martini
Very, very smooth, soft and delicate. To be honest, it’s excellent: it slips down easily, but both the vermouth and gin come through well, with the gin’s character, which is mostly juniper, coriander and angelica, being very evident.

Gin & Tonic
Very good, with a big, fat flavour of juniper and coriander, alongside some juicy citrus notes. Traditional, but with a bolder flavour profile and a more refreshing taste. Very good, indeed.

Negroni
Slightly delicate and soft, and silky smooth. In addition to the dry juniper, some vanilla notes also came through. This a more mellow Negoni than many others and a good use for the gin.

Pink Gin
Rather classic: there’s a certain dignified strength to it and it’s a very classic Pink Gin. A good choice for when you want something easy to enjoy on the rocks.

Gin Collins
This gin makes quite a crisp and clean Collins that doesn’t taste too alcoholic. Quite laid back and refreshing, as well as being tasty.

Vesper
Very nice, very cold, very strong. The gin (juniper, citrus and coriander) came through more strongly than a version made with Gordon’s, with an additional ginger & nutty element. Less smooth than a “Classic Vesper”, but I think that this has more character. It’s horses for courses.

White Lady
A very well-balanced and crisp White Lady; simply superb. One of the best I’ve had.

In Conclusion
This has been an enjoyable review to write and I have been very impressed by Finsbury Platinum, so much in fact that I tried it in a blind-tasting against my long-time favourite gin, Boodles; it was very surprising how little there was between the two and I can safely say that they are both superb gins and some of the best available.

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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… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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