Cocktails with… Cardiff Dry Gin

From the Eccentric Gin distillery in Llantrisant, South Wales – Cardiff Dry Gin is the fourth gin in their family and was launched late in the summer of 2015. Bottled at 37.5% ABV botanical include:
Juniper
Rosemary
Fennel
Lemongrass
Lemon Verbena

The gin contains no citrus peels.

Cardiff Dry Gin FINAL

On its own
Nose: Sweet liquorice, cumin, rosemary – herbaceous and vegetal.
Taste: Sweet fennel, anis, and liquorice upfront, before some menthol pepper notes and leafy herbs such as rosemary. All of this before a long, poignant finish.

Gin & Tonic
Juicy and very spicy, with a mix of savoury cumin and sweet nutmeg and cinnamon, before a zesty finish.

Martini
A very good, flavourful Martini for a 37.5% ABV gin. This is herbaceous and spicy, with sweet notes of anis and liquorice towards the end.

Negroni
Another intense and spicy cocktail: the gin cuts through the other ingredients well, despite its relatively low ABV. This would make a superb pre-dinner cocktail.

In Conclusion
A good all-rounder gin and an example at how you can still have flavour intensity and quality at 37.5%.

Limbeck Gin

On its own
Nose: Fruity and woody, with bright hints of citrus and coriander, as well as a little spice.
Taste: This is a smooth spirit with plenty of coriander seed and cilantro notes upfront, before some resinous, piney juniper and dry, floral spice and wood notes. The finish that follow is dry.

Gin & Tonic
Very bright and fruity, with plenty of lime, coriander, and spice. There is some sweetness to the drink, but it’s really rather refreshing.

Martini
Bright lime, coriander, and floral notes upfront, before a juicy citrus finish. The zestiness make the drink perfect for the cocktail hour.

Negroni
Very fruity, floral, and perfumed. There are some pleasant confectionery elements that come through, too, alongside luscious berry notes and floral lavender. This is unlike any other Negroni I have ever tried – and I’ve tried them with over 300 different gins! Unique.

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Cocktails with… Dà Mhìle’s Seaweed Farmhouse Botanical Gin

Today is Trafalgar Day and, as such, I thought it was fitting to feature a somewhat nautical gin; namely, Dà Mhìle’s Organic Seaweed Farmhouse Botanical Gin. This gin uses a cut down variation of the botanicals in their Original Gin and, after distillation, it is infused with seaweed from the Newquay coast, before being triple filtered.

Da Mhile Seaweed Gin Final Shell

Da Mhile Gin with the serving suggestion of sipping it from an oyster shell

On its own
Nose: Complex and intriguing, with floral hints of rose, as well as citrus, coriander, some dry juniper and pine notes, and salty leafy notes.
Taste: A very strong flavour, with the same note that are found on the nose. This is a mostly smooth spirit, with just a touch of warmth at the end. The bold flavours of the gin should make it a great candidate for mixed drinks. There is some pleasant spice elements on the finish.

Gin & Tonic
A very powerful drink. Notes of resinous pine and juniper, citrusy coriander, and some herbal notes towards the end, plus a hint of chocolate. Plenty of flavour and rather cooling.

Martini
Bright and powerful, with a great juniper hit, as well as some complex, leafy, slightly salty, green notes.

Negroni
A smooth and complex Negroni; again, the floral and salty green notes of the gin come through well and add character. This would be a good choice for those who like a Negroni with plenty of flavour.

Da Mhile Seaweed Gin Final Fish

A glass of chilled Seaweed Gin as a fine accompaniment to seafood.

Gimlet
Excellent and a great choice for Trafalgar Day. The tart lime works well with the green leafy notes of the gin and its fresh, slightly salty element.

In Conclusion
Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin is a bold and flavoursome spirit that, as it was designed to do, goes well with seafood. My favourite drink was the Gimlet.

Cocktails with.. Dà Mhìle

DaMhile

Craft Gin is booming; since my return from Colorado, I have discovered three new craft distilleries! Today’s is one such distiller. Dà Mhìle (pronounced da-vee-lay) is based in Ceredigion in West Wales. Fans of Scotch whisky may recognise the name as that of an organic blended Scotch whisky, which the company has been selling for some time, but, now, they have their own distillery in which to make their products: both a whisky and an organic gin, which is what I’m looking at today.

Dà Mhìle Farmhouse Botanical Gin is bottled at 42% ABV and uses 100% organic ingredients. It is made using a mix of 20 botanicals, from familiar favourites juniper and coriander to five botanicals grown on their farm: elderflower, red and white clover, gorse and chamomile.

DaMhile Gin FINAL

The Taste

On its own

Nose: Green juniper, followed by a burst of herbal spice notes, including cardamom and sage. Then some coriander and, finally, fennel.

Taste: Plenty of coriander up front, along with some other citrus. This then moves onto some sweet spices, such as fennel and star anise, and finishes up with the dry juniper. After the citrus-heavy start, this is a herbal and piney gin with forest-like qualities.

Gin & Tonic

Very spicy and leafy, with some menthol elements, too. Nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom stand out, as well as a hint of cedar. Some fruitiness accompanies the spice, making this exceptionally easy to drink. Very good, indeed.

Martini

Notes of coriander and ginger make this cocktail warming, intense and spicy, with a long finish. This really highlights the potential of the gin in savoury cocktails; something different and rather delicious. The finish lingers for a good while, which leaves you wanting another as soon as your glass is empty.

Negroni

Simply lovely; lots of spice: ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom, with a gingerbread sweetness, followed by a good bitterness. Complex and tasty.

Gin Collins

This drink really brings out some different notes of the gin with the citrus/coriander dialled back a bit and the all-spice/pimento notes coming to the fore. some of these herbal notes remind me of The Botanist; which shares quite a few botanicals with Dà Mhìle. It is important for a Collins to be refreshing and this certainly is.

Sweet Martini

The citrus and herbal notes of the gin work well with the red vermouth making this a flavoursome drink which is very raising to the appetite.

In Conclusion

I’m quite fond of Dà Mhìle and it’s bold flavours and that is aside from the fact that the whole gin is distilled in Wales and it is Organic (to the EU standard,which is more stringent than the USA standard). Before Dà Mhìle the only UK 100% organic gin was Juniper Green Gin which is nice enough but, unlike Dà Mhìle, lacks a certain wow factor.

Martini and Gin Collins were my cocktail highlights.