Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin (700ml)
Gin - The Dutch invented it, the English refined it, the New World glamorised it, and now , according to most reviews, Martin Miller's have perfected it. "Westbourne Strength", was recently awarded ‘Spirit of the Year 2003’ by the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute (BTI), the world’s largest and most powerful drinks testing institute.
Miller's is London distilled using over eight botanicals and aromatics including selected Tuscan juniper, cassia bark, angelica, Florentine orris, liquorice root, coriander, finest Seville citrus peel, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon bark. The botanicals are steeped overnight in the spirit to allow a greater infusion of flavour. Millers gin is distilled in the traditional way via pot still. This is a time consuming process, but for gin production it is unrivalled. It keeps the 'body' of the spirit high and because of a lower distilling strength the congeners (flavours) are kept within the final product. Millers use a one hundred year old copper still manufactured by John Dore & Co. in 1903. Following distillation, most London dry gins are blended with British spring waters. Miller’s is transported by ship to Iceland where it is blended with glacial lava filtered waters, supposedly the purest in the world. In the small village of Borganes on Iceland's remote west coast, a final ‘mystery’ ingredient, unknown even to the master distiller, is also added.
Other reviews... Clear appearance. Sweet floral and citrus aromas have an herbaceous, juniper edge. This is silky in the mouth with a bright citrus (grapefruit and clementine) character, spice, and juniper notes. Finishes in a long, smooth, citrusy fade. A very fruity and vibrant London-dry gin that will shine brilliantly on its own or in a cocktail. 45.2%Alc.Vol.
International Review of Spirits Award: Platinum Medal
97 points (Superlative) - www.tastings.com
94 points - www.wineenthusiast.com