This gin was nine years in development prior to its very soft launch just before Christmas 2017. It won`t have escaped your notice that huge numbers of gins have been launched onto the market and from being a spirit whose consumers` average age was about 80 now attracts many young people. Who is drinking it all? I haven`t spotted many avocado led entries so it can`t all be millenials. Though most of the new gins do seem to be entirely novelty-led, with a tenuous connection to both quality and authenticity, never mind craft skill.
Smeaton`s Bristol Method is a world away from this. Not only is the base spirit distilled especially for Smeaton`s - a real rarity in this sector - but each botanical is imported and distilled seperately at the optimum time when it`s fresh and is then blended batch by batch. This is an expensive process and so died out many years ago. This means that all the botanicals really sing and the purity and complexity of the flavours shine through. At 45% it is an ideal gin for mixing and the texture also makes it ideal for solo or classic cocktail use. All in all the most worthwhile `new` gin we have tasted in a long time. (CW 04/01/18)
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