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Fortnum and Mason London Dry Gin

As the more observant reader will have noticed as this is a slight departure from my usual whisky reviews but as it is made by The London Distillery Company (of which I am shareholder and as at time of writing in September 2017 a Director) I feel it's place is warranted on my website.  (Note: Key words in that sentence are "my website").  This bottle came from Batch 022 and was bottled at 47.1% ABV.  The nose has some citrus peel, herbs, fresh cut fruit and vegetal notes and after while some alcohol starts to come through as well.   The mouthfeel is great, chewy and sticky with honey sweetness along with classic gin notes.  The finish has white ppeer and the alcohol dries the mouth quite quickly.   The addition of tonic water cuts the thickness and sweetness so this works really well in classic G&T format.

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  • Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:55

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #13

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    Location: Oak Room, Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, Canada

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 18 CAD ($14.19 USD)

    Recipe: Carprano Antica Vermouth, Knob Creek, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: Black cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Nice and sweet with Bourbon but still balanced due to heavy dash of bitters.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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