2013 saw a great boom in the launching of British Craft Gins and, towards the tail end of the year, North Berwick (NB) Gin from Scotland (25 miles North-east of Edinburgh) joined the ranks of an exciting and creative wave of new gins.
The distillery was founded and run by Steve and Viv Muir. The gin is bottled at 42.0% ABV, is distilled from 100% British grain and contains 8 botanicals:
Grains of Paradise
On its own
Nose: Pine, with a little brine and some sweet, floral spice.
Taste: A smooth texture, with a hint of creaminess. This is certainly a sippable spirit, with notes of juniper, coriander, and angelica, followed by a touch of sweet, exotic spice and a burst of citrus. The finish is long, lingering and of juniper, with a little warmth.
Gin & Tonic
A clean and refreshing Gin & Tonic: crisp; the sort of drink that you crave after a long, hot day. There’s also a great touch of spice and citrus.
Lovely and classic – simply superb. This is a Martini that will please even the most discerning drinker. The flash of spice towards the end makes for a perfect finish.
Always a good way to measure a gin, the NB Negroni is a textbook example. There’s dry juniper to start, with a little spice from the cassia and cardamom in the background. This is followed by bright, lemon citrus and, finally, the deeper herbal notes and bitterness of the vermouth and Campari.
NB Gin is everything gin fans are looking for and a bit more besides; there are some very classic gin characteristics but the finally flourishes of the spice botanically adds a distinctive twist. The Martini was my favourite drink.