Twisted Nose Winchester Gin takes its name from its most unusual botanical, namely watercress. The latin name for watercress is Nasturtium which translates to 'Twisted Nose'. We would imagine this was a literal description of the peppery nature of watercress when inhaled. In addition to this, Twisted Nose makes use of nine other botanicals which are distilled with the finest grain spirit in traditional copper alquitar stills; these stills were invented by the Moors and have been in use for hundereds of years.
If you hadn't guessed by the name, Twisted Nose is made in Winchester, an area that has been growing watercress since the 18th century. The distillery operate a truly small batch operation, concentrating on the quality of ingredients as opposed to churning out thousands of mass produced gins. To this end, each batch only consists of fifty bottles with every process being undertaken by human hands. They ensure that only the heart of the distilate is used and discard the head and tail which are not as pure or as tasty.
On the palate you are get pine from the juniper first and foremost, smoothly transitioning into citrus and spicy notes. A long finish is your reward with strong citrus flavours.
On drinking, pine notes of Juniper emerge first followed by fresh citrus and deeper spice tones. A sparkle of peppery watercress appears next as the spicy oils build on the tongue, awakening your senses to the more subtle flavours of the remaining botanicals. The finish is long and satisfying with fresh citrus lingering until the following mouthful. Serve with a good tonic and twist of pink grapefruit for the perfect gin and tonic.
Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin was created with professional mixologists in mind, hence its hefty ABV of 60%. The strength of this super smooth gin was also influenced by the location of the Shetland Isles where Blackwoods is made, which sits on the 60 ° north line of latitude. Every batch of this gin is ever so subtly different dependent on the availability of the hand picked botanicals that grow wild on the island.
The batches of this highly sought after gin are always small as befits the rugged nature of the islands; only 400 species of plants can thrive here in the windy and often wet conditions of this coastal paradise. The untamed beauty of this place combines with ancient distillation methods that have been practiced in Scotland for many centuries.
Blackwoods Vintage Gin has a strong citrus nose with subtle floral notes. The floral character comes to the fore on the palate and winds up with an exceptionally smooth finish.