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Minke Irish Gin is made on the Clonakilty Distillery in county Cork, Eire, and we’ve tried their whiskey before. This gin is made with botanicals that develop wild close to the distillery, together with one known as rock samphire, however the full record of botanicals has not been made out there. Most notably, the gin’s base spirit is whey alcohol produced from cow’s milk, which is uncommon, however not altogether unique. Let’s give it a strive.
On the nostril, Minke hits first with robust orange citrus and orange rind. Notes of lavender, pine, and anise observe, together with an attention-grabbing and never altogether nice funk that I’d guess comes from using whey to make the distillate. The palate reveals comparable notes however in several proportion. Right here, the pine of the juniper is as ahead because the citrus, with notes of lavender, anise, and pepper following. The botanicals are pleasing, however they don’t come collectively as cleanly and as balanced as I’d have appreciated. Additionally, the sunshine funk on the nostril seems once more closely on the end, and the gin comes throughout as a bit scorching for its proof. The gin didn’t fare higher in a gin & tonic, with the botanicals turning into muddled within the cocktail. Eire has produced a variety of thrilling new gins in the previous few years, and I had hoped this could be amongst them. Alas, to not be.
B- / $45 / clonakiltydistillery.ie