GSN Review: Brockman’s Gin

brockmans_ginBrockman’s is an English gin, but by no means is it a typical London Dry style.  Rather it has a unique berry flavor that holds equal prominence with the juniper and coriander.  Using both blackberries and blueberries in the infusion, makes for a softer and fruitier gin that is fine on its own over ice.  A total of ten botanicals are used, including: almonds, angelica, blackberries, blueberries, cassia bark, Bulgarian coriander, Tuscan juniper berries, licorice, Valencian orange peel and orris root.

The gin was born in 2008, the brainchild of Kevan & David Crosthwaite, along with Robert Fowkes and Neil Everitt.  It is crafted at Greenall’s, the oldest extant London Dry distillery.

Brockman’s Gin (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Immediate berry essence with a tentative juniper note.  The berry smells natural and has a richness.
Taste: The berry flavor tends to overpower all of the other ingredients, although the juniper does peek out within the first few seconds.  Then, it fades away leaving just a hint of the dry, tannic quality to offset the apparent sweetness of the berries.
Finish: It’s medium length, but again, the berries are what leave a lasting impression.
Overall: I think this would be more truthfully called “Brockman’s Berry Gin”, but that being said, it’s well done and tasty.  I think that this will work well in lighter cocktails and dare I say it, fruit-tinis.  I would hesitate to use this in traditional gin based cocktails.
GSN Rating: B

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