Cocktails with… Blue Bottle Dry Gin from Guernsey

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.

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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.

Martini
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.

Negroni
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.

In Conclusion
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

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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… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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