TBGC - Yuletide Gin
That Boutique-y Gin Company are getting into the festive spirit quite literally...
Renowned for their adventurous expressions, (including Moonshot Gin and Seven Continents Gin) their newest release, Yuletide Gin, crams everything you can imagine about Christmas and the festive season into one bottle.
With 24 botanicals, Yuletide Gin comprises a host of unusual botanicals alongside a core of the usual suspects:
Whole Pomanders, (oranges studded with cloves)
Christmas Tree Needles - Balsam and Douglas Fir if you were wondering
A whole gingerbread house
The majority of these outlandish 'botanicals' were distilled individually and these distillates were then blended together.
The shenanigan is completed by the addition of gold flakes in the bottle to give a snow-globe effect.
The team at That Boutique-y Gin Co. really have thought of everything that could possibly have a link to Christmas and melded them all together. It shouldn't work.
Aromas: Rich fruitcake, marzipan and a slightly saline note. Dried fruit, cinnamon and a touch of citrus peel provide a solid core.
Palate: Rich with quite a hot texture. Spiced bread, nutmeg and cinnamon with green stalky coriander and cubeb. A teeny hint of juniper underneath.
With Tonic: Lifted citrus, a little soapy floral character and quinine separates as a layer on its own. Good depth of juniper and cassia appears on the nose. The palate is round with a good weight. Warmth from the 46% ABV rather than ginger. Disjointed.
Unsurprisingly, I'm not picking out all of the individual nuances and everything seems to fight a little in the mix. Personally, I would rather they'd chosen to recreate say a gingerbread house and done that really well, rather than trying to incorporate EVERYTHING in one go. Having said that, I do still get juniper and it is a fun product! TBGC are known for their quirky releases and this is certainly that.