Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength London Dry Gin was launched in 2003. It was designed for bartenders who had asked for a higher ABV version of the already successful Martin Miller’s Gin, for mixing.
It is distilled in two batches. Firstly, the non-citrus botanicals are distilled. Then separately, the citrus. By grouping the heavier botanicals, it enables the distiller to be more aggressive with the heat and to dig deeper into the tails for those richer, heavier volatiles.
Finally, Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin is diluted with Icelandic water. (This is why it has won awards for Best Icelandic Gin in the past)
Cucumber essence is also added after distillation and is responsible for the characteristic fresh, vegetal aroma.
Nose: Clean, pine forward juniper forward with hints of citrus. Nicely balanced.
Flavor: Juniper and citrus predominate; however some peppery nuance from the nutmeg and coriander mingles with clean cucumber for a finish that while classic— begins to veer into contemporary territory.
This is among my favorite Martini gins in the world. While I prefer the regular strength version for mixed drinks like gin and tonics, this is my go-to Miller’s for cocktail craft.
Overall, Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength
Amazingly, nearly a decade after I first reviewed it, this gin still does it for me. Expertly blended, it balances innovation with classic gin flavor.
Fans of contemporary style gins will love the citrus and cucumber; fans of classic style gins will stick around for the punch of juniper.