Cocktails with… Burleigh’s Gin

Burleighs Gin is made at the 45 West Distillery near Loughborough in Leicestershire. The distillery opened (i.e. gin was first produced) on 24th June 2014. Their gins were created by Master Distiller Jamie Baxter, who has unrivalled expertise in distilling, having worked with distilleries such as Chase, City of London, and the East London Liquor Company, to name but a few. There are currently three gins in the Burleighs permanent gin family, and all three are made using the same 11 botanicals:

juniper
coriander
angelica
fresh orange
orris
cardamom
cassia
elderberry
silver birch
dandelion root
burdock root

Signature London Dry Gin (40% ABV)

Burleighs Signature Gin FINALOn its own
Nose: Vibrant, fruity, and zesty. Rich notes of coriander, orange blossom, and a hint of vanilla.
Taste: This gin has a soft texture, like the nose, and has plenty of lively citrus. This makes way for woody juniper and spice, before a slight menthol and pepper finish with even continued flavours of citrus.

Gin & Tonic
A dry and crisp Gin & Tonic. Smooth notes of citrus with hints of vanilla and spice fill the palate. Refreshing and clean, with a pleasant amount of zest.

Martini
This cocktail has an oily texture and plenty of juniper comes through, making it bright and resinous. Citrus notes follow, along with a hint of violets, before a finish of vermouth and black pepper.

Negroni
Quite sweet to start with, with light spice notes, too. The flavours gradually become more and more bitter, with dry juniper notes, all culminating in an extremely earthy and bitter finish. A good choice for the hard core Negroni drinker.

Export Strength Gin (47% ABV)

Burleighs Export Gin FINALOn its own
Nose: Pine blossom, zesty lemon, violet, and red cedar.
Taste: Very floral upfront, with notes of coriander, violets, and citrus blossom. This makes way for more oily, fragrant notes of citrus peel, which transform into coriander notes and some dry, woody spice. The finish is spicy, with a dry, leafy earthiness.

Gin & Tonic
Bright and lively, with lots of zesty citrus, spicy coriander, and then some sappy cedar. A long and invigorating drink – very tasty, indeed!

Martini
Quite floral, fruity, and earthy, with floral angelica notes upfront, followed by the gentle citrus and spiciness of coriander. The finish is of more citrus and pine.

Negroni
Sweet, with some bitterness, too, and lots of peppery spice. Bright orange and marmalade notes follow, before a bold, bitter finish.

Distillers Cut (47% ABV)

Burleighs Distillers Cut Gin FINALOn its own
Nose: Malty coriander and resinous juniper, with floral, leafy notes reminiscent of cilantro and lemon verbena.
Taste: This is a complex and elegant spirit, that combines high, airy floral notes with a resinous herbaceousness.

Gin & Tonic
The nose bursts from the glass with notes of marmalade and coriander. This is quite a light Gin & Tonic, but is smooth and fresh, making it a clean, refreshing drink. There are notes of citrus and pine on the finish, plus a creamy hint of spice.

Martini
Resinous and floral, with light honeyed notes. This is a very smooth and silky drink, dazzling in the glass. There is also a good level of spice, including notes of coriander, cassia, and nutmeg.

Negroni
Richer than the others, with a fuller, fruitier flavour. There are notes of bright, juicy citrus and some plum and berry notes, too. The finish is bitter, but balanced.

In Conclusion
The Burleighs Gin family really shows how different gins can be, even when they have the exact same botanical mix and differ only in their % ABV or recipe. Each of these gins has its own character and a balanced and well-integrated flavour profile. They were all good, but I had a particular soft spot for the Signature Gin, especially in a Gin & Tonic.

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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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