The end of 2012 has seen a spate of new gin distilleries opening or preparing for operation, although only one is located outside of the capital. It’s the gin from that distillery that will be the focus of today’s article and I have included some celebratory cocktails to celebrate not only the increasing momentum of the British Craft Movement, but also New Year’s Eve and the looming potential of 2013.
I shall keep an introduction on the gin to a minimum (as a distillery trip is imminent), but I shall say that it is made in a distillery in Northamptonshire, contains 11 botanicals and is made from barley spirit.
On with the tasting…
#1) On its own
Nose: Rich, juniper mixed well with liquorice root and a hint of vanilla cream, a well-defined nose with cardamom and coriander towards the end.
Taste: Light, but full to the brim with notes of juniper, coriander and spice from the very beginning. The spice continues throughout, bringing a good warmth and texture to it, like it had been made with dashes of chili and ginger, before a softer finish of cardamom.
#2) Over Ice
This was a suggested serve given to me by the producers. There’s a heavy cardamom finish, which is delightfully spicy. The main flavour is full of juniper, followed by some sweeter, herbal notes such as anise.
#3) From the freezer
Great thick texture, plenty of spice and dry juniper pack full of flavour and very very very smooth. A lovely long citrus finish. Good way to enjoy the gin.
#4) Gin & Tonic
Superb! Full of flavours of fresh citrus zest and some really good, spicy notes, too. Cardamom is, again, a strong point in the flavour, as is lemon. Tasting this, it really does seem that this gin adds something new to a drink that I’m by no means new to. There’s good, strong herbal and slightly sappy pine notes towards the end, making this a truly excellent and juicy Gin & Tonic.
Lovely! Hint of vanilla and cardamom spice followed up by the more conventional juniper, coriander and citrus. Clean and crisp – almost diamond-like but still with plenty of flavour. a lemon twist is the order of the day.
Another lovely drink. This has a very thick texture and is sweet, but with a good level of bitterness and a very pleasant, warm spiciness from the cardamom towards the end. Really very good.
#7) French ‘75 – The cocktail for the New Year!
A rather spicy (that cardamom, again) French ‘75, with lots of dry juniper, too, which the lemon juice complements well. Not too sweet, nor too dry, this is a particularly well-balanced example of this cocktail.
#8) Spice Fizz
[30ml Warner Edwards, 15ml Red Vermouth, 100ml Soda Water]
A dry, herbal drink with notes of herbs and spices from both the gin and the vermouth merging well together. This would make a good, dry aperitif at a dinner party, as it has a neat, herbal flavour and lightly cleanses the palate.
#9) Bottom Button
[25ml Warner Edwards Gin, 25ml King’s Ginger, 25ml Creme de Cacao Brown – SHAKE]
A fine drink with the spiciness of the gin working well with the chocolate and ginger creating a rich flavourful gin that would serve very well as an after-dinner tipple.
Delicious, like a dessert in a glass. As well as the chocolate and cream, the warm spiciness of the cardamom and ginger come through particularly well for a Gin Alexander. Truly exceptional.
I have high praise for Warner-Edwards Gin in fact it has entered my Top 10 straight away, making it in the top 2.5% of gins I have ever tried. It’s classic character with an individualistic flair and my soft spot for cardamom make it an excellent choice for me in a whole host of cocktails. This is a great gin to seek out in the start of 2013.