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The formal product title doesn’t precisely roll off the tongue, however this new expression of Drumshanbo‘s top-shelf “Gunpowder” Irish gin takes the unique formulation and spins it simply so. Once more it’s a grain impartial gin that begins with the identical eight botanicals as Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin: juniper, angelica root, orris root, caraway seed, coriander seed, meadowsweet (an aromatically floral herb), cardamom, and star anise. The one actual switcharoo comes when Drumshanbo’s vapor-infused botanicals are launched, with Sardinian citrus as an alternative of Chinese language lemon — plus the unique inclusion of grapefruit, lime, and gunpowder tea.
Switching out lemon for Citrus monstruosa — a pulpy, bitter fruit discovered solely on Sardinia — doesn’t sound like an enormous change, however this expression feels noticeably extra citrus-forward than the unique Gunpowder, the nostril melding a robust orange-like peel character with notes of black pepper, turned earth, and hints of tea leaf — although right here not significantly inexperienced. The palate instantly comes throughout as rather more weighty with the inexperienced tea character, the citrus rising as vague and lemony, although once more with loads of earth within the combine. What I don’t get is any of the vanilla character I wrote about in my unique evaluation, for higher or worse.
A bit brooding however brilliant sufficient to work in a wide range of cocktails — and even sipping straight — this expression isn’t wildly completely different from the unique, however it does provide sufficient nuance to maintain each bottles in your shelf for these nights once you’re feeling experimental.