Magellan Blue Gin, Cognac (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Cognac
Review Score: 85-89WE, 88BTI

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Pale aquamarine tint comes from the infusion of Iris root and flower. Opening nosing passes feature clove with supporting traces of cassia bark, grains of paradise and nutmeg; after several more minutes a moderately sweet and fruity bouquet develops, one that highlights orange zest, coriander and juniper berries. Palate entry is bittersweet and acceptably prickly on the tongue; by midpalate, the cocoa and bean-like taste focuses on the earthy/root/bark botanicals, especially the cassia, juniper and licorice. Finishes cleanly, bittersweet and long. One of the more bitter and intensely bean-like gins I’ve sampled.

85-89 points, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2003)

Pale electric silver blue color. Delicate aromas of banana salt water taffy and bread, floral bouquet, and faint coriander and herbal juniper follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and smoothness. Finishes with a long, creamy, and peppery mineral and banana cream accented fade.

88 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Jul 2010)