The London No. 1 Dry Gin
The London No. 1 Dry Gin is distilled in the heart of London in small copper stills. A throwback to gins of yesteryear, this spirit is complicated boasting 12 separate botanicals used in its production.
The overall appearance of this gin is deserving of a perfect score. The bottle however is somewhat bland and uninspiring; in fact, the glue holding the cap together apparently couldn’t handle the heat and humidity of a summer day. The amazing blue hue of the spirit is created through the maceration of gardenia flowers. In the glass, the pale blue looks amazing on its own and when mixed as a classic Gin & Tonic it provides the subtlest hint of blue to the cocktail.
It is a gin and thusly has a very prominent nose. The juniper strikes first and strongly as it should in all London Dry Gin’s. Where The London No. 1 really sets itself apart is the complexity and balance of the competing botanicals. Orange and lemon peel add a wonderful citrus note while bergamot reminds you of Earl Grey tea. In the background there is a light floral note hinting at the source of the colour in your glass.
The complexity continues into the palate; and brings even more to the table. The citrus of the orange and lemon peel return along with bergamot and floral notes. Entering the fray is a light black pepper spice and coriander which combine to give the drink a small kick.
Long and complex, this gin continues to stay around after you are done with it. There isn’t much to say as it doesn’t offer much change from the profile above.
Due to this being a gin I decided the best variation is in it’s standard cocktail; a Gin & Tonic. I make mine with Fever Tree Tonic and a splash of lime juice. This will be a frequent member of my gin lineup as it not only looks stunning when you hand it to a guest but it retains the wonderful complexity of flavours.
Product: London No. 1 Dry Gin
Aroma: Flowers, sweetness, juniper, bergamot, lemon peel, orange peel.
Flavour Intensity: Pronounced
Flavour Characteristics: Flowers, juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, light black pepper, bergamot.
Reasoning: Complexity, length, expressiveness, balance.
Theme: History and Craft production.
Style: Dry Gin