Langtons of Skiddaw No:1 is a gin inspired by the Lake District and is made using Lakeland water that has been filtered through slate,and includes oak bark from the Lake District as one of the eleven botanicals. It is made at Greenall’s Distillery and is bottled at 40.0%ABV.
On its own
Nose: Juniper, citrus (lemon and orange) and then a slightly bitter, woody note like mossy bark.
Taste: Citrus upfront, with some coriander and then a more nutty citrus note and some orris root. This has a slightly tingly dry and zesty finish with a little creaminess right at the very end. Nicely made in a classic style, with a slight lift at the end.
Gin & Tonic
This is a good standard Gin & Tonic: clean and crisp, it’s very dry with some good pine and herbal spice. In my opinion, the best garnish would be a combination of lemon and lime wedges, also known as the “Evans”.
A classic Martini with a smoother-than-usual texture and a slightly sweet, vanilla note appearing alongside the juniper. My suggested garnish would be either a twist of lemon or pink grapefruit peel.
Quite a juicy, yet dry Negroni, with plenty of dry, piney juniper and coriander coming through. There are both bitter and sweet notes, followed by a dry, tangy finish that lasts for a long time. Lots of flavour and rather traditional in its approach.
Langtons is a classic gin with good juniper flavour and some balanced, zesty citrus. I enjoyed all of the drinks, but my recommendation would be a Gin & Tonic or a Negroni.