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A guide to tasting gin

GinWe stock more than 35 different gins, including quite a few from the South West and a new one called Gunpowder Tea Gin from Ireland, as well as Exmoor’s very own Wicked Wolf.

Wicked Wolf is a premium craft gin, distilled and blended not far from us in north Devon, by husband and wife team, Pat Patel and Julie Heap. It uses 11 exotic botanicals producing complex layers of citrus and pepper notes, finely balanced with the distinct flavours of juniper and coriander. Hibiscus and kaffir lime leaves are blended with these traditional aromatics too.

Along with having a fantastic selection of gins, we thought we would also give you some top tips on the proper way to taste gin.

Use your nose

Much like wine tasting, the first step to tasting gin includes using your nose! Open the bottle and give it a whiff, can you smell flowery notes, citrus or perhaps a hint of pepper?

Sample it neat

Forget the tonic for a moment and sample a small amount of gin neat. We have taste buds running down the sides of our tongue, so let is run over your tongue in order to sense the different botanicals used.

Sample it over ice

To really help the flavours open up, try a small amount of gin over a couple of cubes of ice. The water in the ice interacts with the alcohol and oils in the gin, releasing different flavour molecules.

Grab the tonic

Now you have sampled the gin and got a sense of its flavours, you should have an idea of what you like and whether you want to add a tonic or throw it straight into a cocktail.

Our gin selection is displayed in the bar on our gin board, but we always have the below in stock:

  • Sipsmiths Gin
  • Gordon’s
  • Bombay Sapphire
  • Plymouth
  • Wicked Wolf Gin (Exmoor)
  • Northmoor Gin from Exmoor Distillery

We also stock Fever Tree Tonic, which is a blend of fabulous botanical oils with spring water and the highest quality quinine from the fever tree. It’s a delicious, natural tonic with a uniquely clean and refreshing taste and aroma.


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