Nose: Herbal nose with tangy fresh juniper and hints of oily spices.
Palate: Earthy juniper delivery. Dry and crisp, with a good interplay between the other botanicals. Hints of citrus develop.
Finish: Peppery finish. Quite oily.
I took a risk on this gin based on the tasting notes and the packaging and it was definitely a risk worth taking. Ancient Mariner is excellent staight, or mixed and has enough strength to come through with a good tonic, yet is smooth enough to be sipped straight.
I disagree slightly with the notes above and would say this gin has a fairly heavy texture throughout, which is very much at odds with the delicate balance of refreshing flavours. This is by no means a bad thing and I would highly recommend this gin.
Final verdict is that this gin is one to be savoured so best taken straight.
The half mark comes off for the bottle, which I've found is rather sloppy when trying to pour precise amounts. I overcame this tiny shortfall with use of a pouring disc.
21st March 2014
Excellent gin, To be sipped neat - it needs nothing else
27th May 2013