I was asked to blog my advent calendar, so here goes.
I'm starting a bit late, because no-one told me about ginvent calendars
until Wednesday, and it arrived just after I left work yesterday, so I missed an extra day. I'll start with today's gin, and then work backwards until I start to sing the little song about a goblin.
I shall pour each gin over ice, and have a sip neat, (possibly more if it turns out to be a good sipping gin!), then add 2/3 can of Schweppes tonic to the rest. From tomorrow I might also add a wedge of lime if I think the gin will benefit from it, but I don't have any in the flat tonight.
6th December is Origin, Arezzo, Italy
. I couldn't smell anything but juniper, although there was quite a lot of aniseed on the palate. That became a lot less dominant once the tonic was added, but it's probably still not a gin I'd recommend to robert_jones
. It was only after tasting it that I realised that it didn't have any botanicals other than juniper, so that would be why it didn't smell of any.
5th of December is Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin
. It's a lot more interesting on the nose than the Origin, quite spicy. To sip the dominant flavours are orange and cinnamon and clove - this is about a Christmassy a gin as I can imagine. With tonic the orange becomes less noticeable, but the spices are still loud and clear. I think this would make a wonderful Ramos Gin Fizz.
4th of December is Hayman's Old Tom
, which is the first so far that I'd heard of, although whilst I've tried a few other Hayman's offerings, this one is new to my lips. The nose is somewhere between the last two in subtlety. Juniper is the only scent I can identify, but I can definitely tell that other are there, if not what they are. To sit it's a bit herbal, and quite sweet, but not enough to be noticeable with tonic. It's not especially exciting, but perfectly pleasant.
3rd of December is, rather appropriately No.3 Gin
, by Berry Bros & Rudd. I'm inclined to think they should stick to wine, which they do ever so well. There's nothing wrong with the gin - there's a bit of citrus, and plenty of juniper - but it's not terribly exciting
2nd of December is Darnley's View Gin
. It didn't smell particularly interesting, although I did wonder if that's because I'm getting a bit too close to goblin songs, especially as I had a glass of wine between these two, whilst I waited for the 2nd tray of ice to finish freezing. To sip though it's a lot more interesting - vanilla and angelica were the dominant flavours, and they stand up nicely to the tonic.
1st of December (haha, I made it, and there has been no singing at all) is Gin Mare
. This is the first one that I've actually drunk before, although I didn't have a particularly clear memory of it. It's quite fruity, but more citrus peel than the fruit itself - it doesn't have much sharpness. There's also quite a strong floral note, and something a bit sherbety, which comes out particularly when the tonic is added.
Of today's six I liked the Warner Edwards best, but would also be very happy to drink the Darnley's view and the Mare again.