On the nose: A distinctive gin with an undeniably festive feel to it. On the nose the juniper quickly gives way to the unmistakable Christmas Day aroma of slightly charred roast parsnip and a lingering acetone note redolent of a yesteryear sweet shop packed with Pear Drops, Rock Candy and Yorkshire Mixture.
On the palate: On the palate the first thing one notices is that this gin is notably sweeter than one would usually expect from a Portobello Road Gin product, the sweetness being derived partly from the roast parsnips and also of course the 8.6 grammes of sugar per bottle that comes from the dash of pear liqueur which has been added to each bottle. From a flavour perspective the Christmas tree like qualities of juniper are noticeably apparent, sweet maple and honey roast parsnip are prevalent and subtle notes of black pepper and ripe pear dance around, throughout there is a strong backbone of winter spice.
The Finish: The comparatively high alcoholic content of this gin contributes to the cockle warming finish, with an almost whiskey like warmth down the throat and across the chest. Nutmeg, cinnamon, the woodiness of a forest floor and the mineral earthiness of gentian linger long on the palate and the parsnip flavour and aroma stick around longer than that uncle on Christmas day.