Poli Marconi 42 Mediterranean Gin (700ml)
This is the second gin to be released by the Poli distillery, located north of the Veneto region, otherwise known for their first class grappas. Distillation in a vacuum bain-marie pot still ensures the herbal botanicals are infused as delicately and slowly as possible. Initially, the bouquet offers lemon and lime juice before taking a more interesting path through a garden of fresh thyme, apple mint, basil, juniper and crushed eucalyptus leaves. Despite being just 42% the palate carries good body and mouthfeel; the medley of sweet herbs accents basil and rosemary followed by citrus zest, eucalyptus and coriander. There's also a pleasant peppery note on the back palate to sustain the finish. Juniper doesn't feature, but that doesn't detract from what is a complex, invigorating contemporary style where the herbal botanicals get the loudest say. Recommended in a Vesper or Tom Collins. 42% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Unsurprisingly, the nose is quite aromatic. However, what is surprising is that it is not as juniper-forward as expected. It is quite sharp and medicinal at first, but eventually finds it way into herbal territory, with coriander, a hint of juniper elderflower, and muted juniper. A palate of mixed garden herbs, basil, and sage dominate the beginning of the palate, but then the mint takeover begins. The finish is long and immensely enjoyable, with the minty menthol sensation leading the charge before cardamom and rosemary provide muted relief near the end. Incredibly savory and immensely herbal, this will challenge even the staunchest of gin enthusiasts to find fault with it, though I’m sure someone will. In my estimation, this rates as one of the better gins I’ve enjoyed in quite some time. - drinkhacker.com