Nose: Juniper and citrus dominate as one would expect, there is a waft of blossom and the familiar and welcome aroma of rosemary underpins the whole.
Palate: Initial intense juniper slowly gives way to fresh citrus and coriander seed, awakening the palate and paving the way for a tannic dry finish with warm spice and ephemeral fleeting notes of barbecued herb, and old wood. Long after the other flavours fade – a distinct suggestion of roast coffee bean lingers on.
Impression: Many of the characteristics one would expect from Portobello Road are present, but this is a more contemporary, multifaceted gin. On the palate it progresses slowly through dry, to sweet, and then back to dry, before finishing with a lingering spiced, herbal note. A cosmopolitan modern gin, perhaps less “ginny” than the classic Portobello, but offering a veritable smorgasbord of flavours and aromas for the creative drink smith to ponder.