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Nose is heavy with pine-laden juniper, with a peppery/resinous undertone. Coriander lurking on the edges as well, with a slight hint or citrus and a menthol character. Quintessentially classic.
The palate is more of the same. Bright piny juniper, with hints of coriander, lemon zest. The finish is medium-long in length with an unmistakable juniper burst, but there’s some complexities and complications which emerge that challenge the notion that Gordon’s is a one-note gin. Earthy spice, a hint of angelica, a touch of baking spice and a glow that slightly calls to mind a middle ground between licorice and mint. Certainly on its own, you can pick up a lot of depth and character, though I find that some of these intriguing low-notes are lost mixing. Fear not though, it does mix well, but it might lead you to believer there isn’t a lot going on here. There’s more than first glance might tell.