This is my second gin review and again I’ve decided to go local….(ish).
This gin is distilled at the Balmenach Distillery which is probably better know as a whisky distillery. This distillery is located in Cromdale about 30 miles south of Elgin.
When being made the gin is infused using a berry chamber from the 1920’s. The ingredients are spread on trays and the spirit vaporised and left to pick up the flavours from the 5 botanicals.
The local botanicals used are rowan berries, Coul Blush apple, heather, bog myrtle and dandelion which supplement the more traditional juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, angelica root and cassia bark.
As this is only my second gin review I’m still pretty new at this. If I have made any mistakes please contact me and I’ll rectify them.
The notes were done in three stages. Neat, with a tea spoon of water and with tonic water.
The gin pours completely clear.
Nose – Initially sweet on the nose with floral notes, citrus flowers, juniper, apple skin and vanilla spice.
Taste – Floral up front with notes of apple and heather. There are herbal notes along with clean refreshing citrus and juniper. Feels very think and substantial in the mouth with an almost marine (sea air quality) at the end of the taste.
Finish – The finish is spicy and floral but refreshing. Even neat there are no overt notes of alcohol but there is a long lasting herbal dryness.
With one tea spoon of water.
Nose – Initially sweet but this time with more of a citrus oil note coming through, floral notes again with hints of heather in the background. Next comes a hit of juniper, this is followed by soft apple notes and vanilla. There is a slight spice to the nose maybe pink peppercorn.
Taste – Now much more apple coming forward with a fruit sugar note. This followed by juniper and a slight spice. Toward the end of the taste there is a refreshing almost peppermint note which replaces the spice.
The finish is dry and long lasting with the same sea air note at the very end.
Nose – Orange blossom, soft sweetness and notes of lemon peel. There are juniper and floral notes which come through. At the end there is a slightly medicinal herbal note.
Taste – Much more floral, with citrus and cucumber. A huge punch of apple and vanilla follow. Hugely refreshing with a slight dryness.
Finish – Much dryer with a long lasting citrus rind bitterness.
I picked up this gin from Oddbins for around £30. It’s a very intense and rewarding drink and I’d definitely recommend picking this up!