Named for local legend, “Robin Hood,” Sir Robin of Locksley Distilled Gin comes from Yorkshire. The vision was to create a sipping gin that combined some of the best of both worlds, Old Tom and the modern classic style.
Clean pine-forward juniper on the nose. Sweet lemon and grapefruit rinds, with Elderflower and Coriander as well. The nose is a slightly floral take on the classic aroma. Quite nice.
The palate overall is a bit hot, with a fair amount of heat coming through from the alcohol.
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Caorunn gin captivated me from the first time I heard about. Exotic botanicals are nothing new in modern gin. With Big names like Bombay getting into exotic ingredients designed to invoke a certain region, it shouldn’t be surprising that a gin coming out of Scotland would attempt to do something that invokes a certain vision of the pastoral and idyllic Scottish countryside.
The 5 Unique Botanicals (w/ Wikipedia references for those who are unfamiliar with the Botany of the Northern United Kingdom)
Coul Blush Apple: The UK telegraph reports that native apples are making a comeback, after being obscured beneath the mounds of cheaper imports like Granny Smith. “Makes a good sauce.”
Heather is a short shrub that grows in bogs all across Europe and parts of Asia.
Bog Myrtle is also known as “Sweet Gale” and is a short shrub common in nitrogen poor bogs in North America and Europe. Bog Myrtle was a common component of beer flavoring in Europe prior to the availability of hops.
Rowan Berry is a common wild tree in the UK. Often as small trees with bright orange-reddish berries.
And Dandelion leaf should be familiar to anyone who’s ever had a lawn.
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