Nose: Juniper and spice on the nose, with notes of potpourri, burnt brown sugar and hints of geraniums (that same, oily aromatic character) and pepper.
Palate: Nutmeg and cloves mix beautifully with a core of juniper, frankincense and potpourri. It becomes tangy and slightly tart with time on the palate, offering up notes of puckering citrus (kumquats, mandarins) and sherry.
Finish: Long, citrus-led finish. Hints of Rhubarb and Custard sweets, and mixed spices.
Overall: A beautifully rich, sophisticated cocktail, the Martini’s forebear offers far more fruit than its modern day successor.