Cocktails with… North Berwick Gin

NB Gin Title

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.

NBGin Bottle

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
Orris Root

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.

In Conclusion

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.

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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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