It’s rather incredible the things that one can distill. Based on pre-distillation volumes, each bottle of Worship Street Whistling Shop Cream Gin contains about a half cup of cream, but the end result is crystal clear.
Cream gin is the result of vacuum distillation with the cream as if an actual “botanical”. And as it’s distilled at low temperatures, it never is heated and therefore never burns or develops any burnt-milk notes.
The nose is rather traditional. Coriander, juniper, orange and a heavy hit of rubbing alcohol. Expecting a bit more cream on the nose leaves me a bit more disappointed.
Texturally, Worship Street Whistling Shop Cream Gin feels slightly thicker; a tad more viscous on the palate than your usual gin. A hint of cream, a slight custard note lies beneath a subtle, but still very classic gin. Juniper, lemon zest, which gets a tad peppery as coriander and angelica comes on a bit later.
The finish is only a touch creamy again, more suggestive texturally than flavor-wise. Juniper and coriander again, with a touch of pine and coriander seed shell.
Diluted with a touch of cold water, or with an ice cube, I get a bit more cream texture on the palate. It seems to amplify the perceived viscosity, as well as that custard note, and some of the orange/lemon citrus notes. I dare say this is a gin that might well be improved when served chilled.
Mixing is where the cream angle more strongly asserts itself. In a Gin and Tonic, you’re really beginning to taste the cream in here. The little bit of dilution really brings it out quite nicely. Still a good amount of juniper, but the creamy finish is amplified.
Classic style gin fans shouldn’t be put off by the name. It’s really a very traditional gin that tastes as if a classic London Dry with a little bit of added viscosity. Overall, while a fun experiment, Worship Street Whistling Shop Cream Gin is merely a good gin. The cream adds little to the palate and the flavor profile is simple and well executed, if a bit unadventurous.
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