Brockman’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)
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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