The production of seasonal editions of spirits has seen a growing trend in 2015, with more and more distilleries creating them, although the first appeared a few years back. Edinburgh Gin kicked off their seasonal range with a Christmas Gin in 2014 – this is a spicy gin with frankincense and myrrh as botanicals.
Following its success, Edinburgh Gin have released a new edition in new, funky, festive packaging for 2015. A little late to the party, but here are my tasting notes for the 2014 edition.
On its own
Nose: Spiced notes and raisin, combined with fresh, crisp, green notes.
Taste: Almond, chocolate, and spice upfront, reminding me of Christmas confectionery. This develops into notes of anise and leafy fennel, which add freshness. Finally, there are some citrus and coriander flavours, before a dry and crisp juniper finish that lingers.
Gin & Tonic
Rich raisin and lots of delicious spice, as well as a hint of caramelised sugar and dark chocolate. Despite all of these rich flavours, it maintains its freshness.
This is a cocktail that’s packed full of dried fruit and spice. It’s dry, but with a good level of sweetness, too – almost like a “perfect” (mix of sweet and dry vermouth) Martini.
Very spicy and rather soft, with hints of cream and vanilla, as well as cinnamon, cassia, nutmeg, and (thankfully only a touch of) clove. This cocktail provides a more gentle approach to the gin; a good way to get the family to try it over the Christmas period.
This does exactly what you’d expect; it is festive and spicy, without going overboard. My favourite drink of those that I tried was the Negroni – a wonderful seasonal cocktail.