Boodles Gin (700ml)
This repackaged and rejuvenated brand has been under new ownership since 2013 and is now produced at the Greenalls distillery.Tasting note: [40% ABV bottling] Quite frail aromatically, hinting at mineral, talc, lemon scented herbs and pine. Feather-light flavours echo the bouquet, with pepper warmth and juniper freshness developing towards the finish. Concludes brisk, bone dry and subdued to the point of being vodka-like. Odd. Look out for the 45.2% version.
Other reviews... An invitingly herbal and woodsy initial aroma of sage, nutmeg and cassia bark; more minutes find the juniper behind the assertive spice and herb flavorings. The palate entry is round, semisweet and moderately oily; at midpalate the taste is of rosemary and coriander and pepper. Finishes elegantly, firmly and squeaky clean. Best Buy.
96-100 points- www.wineenthusiast.com
Clear. Aromas of creamy porridge, lemon pastry, juniper, and spice with a plush satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, seamlessly nuanced finish with notes of lemongrass gelato, pink peppercorns, coriander and piney herbs. A fantastically flavorful and balanced gin that is sure to please the most discriminating palate.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
93 points (Exceptional) - www.tastings.com