There’s been a huge growth in interest in gin over the last few years so this month’s prize of six ‘Silver Outstanding’ medal-winning gins from the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) is a great chance to compare and contrast different styles and hone your cocktail-making skills
These are the IWSC judges’ tasting notes
Hendrick’s Gin 41.4%
Unusual botanicals include rose petals and cucumber. Fresh, open and charming on the nose, this is a beautifully aromatic, floral, citrus and herbaceous gin with a sprinkling of subtle spice. The palate has creamy depth, the finish is long and elegant.
Beefeater London Dry Gin 47%
This full-strength bottling of Beefeater has a citrus nose of lemon and lime and a lovely upfront approachability with a long dry finish. Complex, elegant and extremely mellow, an integrated and classic, pure, vibrant example.
Brecon Botanicals Gin 43%
Smooth, deep and a well-balanced composition of citrus, spice and subtle sweetness. There's complexity and weight on the palate. A good example from Penderyn distillery in Wales made with water from the Brecon Beacons
Two Birds Countryside Spirits London Dry Gin 40%
Lifted and bright, this is a joyously fruity and spicy gin with prominent yet integrated botanicals and a suave zesty finish. Made in small batches on a pot still in Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Broker’s London Dry Gin 40%
Restrained and lifted, the nose is elegant and pure. Light and bright, the palate has an excellent balance of leafiness, citrus and subtle florality. A small batch gin made in a pot still at a distillery near Birmingham
London Hill Dry Gin 40%
Complex sweet spice is layered over a herbal and full-textured palate, held together by characterful juniper. Well-balanced, well-made and well-integrated. Made by Ian Macleod Distillers in Scotland.
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