Gloucestershire based distiller, Barney Wilczak, is meticulous in selecting, growing and harvesting his own botanicals. 34 are included in this gin, including fresh blood orange peel, lime tree leaves, elderberry and pine as well as a selection of other fruit, flowers and spices. Wilczak employs a custom copper still heated by a naked flame, clothed in a water bath, removing the risk of scorching. Runs are limited to 200 bottles, so expect some flavour variation between batches.
Tasting note: [Batch 24 tasted] Clear. Packed with lifted lemon peel in the opening inhalations; later sniffs detect tangerine, orange blossom, orris root, white pepper and woody juniper. Five minutes air contact heightens the orange with no diminution in overall freshness. Medium to full bodied with flavours of orange sherbet, citrus zest and fresh juniper. Tangy and textural to finish. Pith and peel extend the aftertaste. A delightfully fragrant, citrus-led alternative to classic London Drys. 47% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
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