Blue Bottle Gin, which hails from Guernsey, is one of a growing number of gins produced in the Channel Islands (there are two vodka and gin distilleries on Jersey). It is produced at the Three Fingers Distillery using a 500 litre steam-heated pot still from Holstein. It is made using botanicals that include: juniper, nutmeg, gorse flowers, and cubeb pepper, and is bottled at 47% ABV.
On its own
Nose: A spicy nose, with hints of mint, nutmeg, chocolate, cinnamon, and menthol pepper.
Taste: This is a lively and spicy gin, with strong notes of peppers, pimento, nutmeg, cinnamon, and mace, as well as orange peel and coriander. All of this is followed by bright notes of pine needles and a menthol pepper finish that lingers for several minutes, accompanied by a hint of crisp coriander.
Gin & Tonic
Herbaceous and savoury, with a little salty nuttiness, too. This is an unusual Gin & Tonic, with the freshness of a crisp salad. Tasty, refreshing, and unique.
Very zesty, with a fair amount of spice, too. This is a strong Martini, both in terms of flavour intensity and the the power of the 47% spirit.
A rich and powerful drink with an almost decadent hint of sweet spice. Dry herbal and leafy notes make way for a light, earthy bitterness and hint of mint.
Blue Bottle Gin is an intense and spicy gin. Whereas some spiced gins are rather one-dimensional, Blue Bottle has depth and complexity. My favourite drink was the refreshingly savoury Gin & Tonic.
Blue Bottle Gin is available for around £49 for 70cl from Master of Malt