I often describe the location and the local characteristics of a distillery in my whisky tastings, where its possible to detect the local elements and nuances, in each glass.
Could this be true with certain gins?
I believe Glendalough from Ireland is a gin that really captures the scenic beauty of their location in the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin and known as the “Garden of Ireland.”
Glendalough made our Fab Four finalists from over 18 gins tasted in the Gin Experience class series. This had to be in part due to our love of floral notes on gins and this is at the top of the floral scale, along with the likes of The Botanist from Islay.
All the botanicals are hand-picked in the area close to the distillery and up in the mountains.
Fresh spring notes on the nose with Junipers, citrus and subtle pine. The palate is an array of summer flowers including heather and elderflowers, with autumn fruits developing and a tad of spice and liquorice on the finish.
This would fall under Modern Traditional.
Sipping: 5.0. An absolute stunner! Add four drops of water, close your eyes and imagine smelling that first spring shower, where all the flowers in your garden wake up from the winter.
G & T: 4.0 Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic will be a perfect match. A lemon garnish or pink grapefruit.