I’ll be honest here. I’ve never reviewed a spirit before never mind a gin.
This is very much a beginners view of a drink I know very little about.
Rock Rose it’s self is situated only about 20 miles away from where I was schooled in a village named Dunnet. This is a village which has a wonderful beach and some amazing scenery.
The gin is fantastically presented in a clay bottle with a textured label and flavoured with Juniper, Rose root, Sea Buckthorn, Rowan berries, coriander seed and verbena (and more).
I was able to get this gin from the Store House in John O’ Groats but it’s available in the Hammerton store and whisky shop in Aberdeen (other shopping options may vary) https://www.masterofmalt.com/gin/dunnet-bay/rock-rose-gin/?srh=1 is also an option.
Now on to the review…(If I make any glaring errors please tell me!)
- Neat: The nose has Juniper, Red currant, Sea Buckthorn, a medicinal sweet quality followed by an iodine sea salt note.
- On tasting it neat: there are notes of juniper and red fruit, this is followed by some soft spice, soft sugar and sea salt notes.
- Adding a small amount of water: The nose opens up slightly allowing the Sea Buckthorn and Juniper notes to come flooding through, this is followed by confectionery sugar, sea salt and now some citrus orange peel notes.
- On tasting the sweetness is now a lot more prominent followed by the red berry and juniper notes this finishes in a dry sea weed & iodine taste which rounds out the flavours nicely.
- With tonic water (in this case Fever Tree) On the nose there is a lot more citrus, this almost makes the juniper more prominent, there are now notes of orange peel, lemon rind, cardamom, a creamola foam sweetness and red berries. The sea side notes have now been pushed to the peripheries.
- On tasting with tonic the orange is now much more prominent but in this case it leans toward a blood orange flavour. This is followed by red berries, soft spice, juniper, oak, sugar sweetness and drying sea salt notes which in my view accentuate the sweetness,
This gin is more than worth it’s price tag. It strikes a fine balance between flavours which make this extremely accessible to novices like myself and more hardened gin drinkers.
I hope this was as fun to read as it was challenging to write!
Any feedback is more than welcome!