A woody, sweet liquorice taste is joined by a coriander-like heat. The gin is wild and complex, yet somehow mellow. A grassy spring taste is joined – and eventually usurped – by a hint of delicate summer flowers, elderflower in particular. These give way to autumnal berries and a cassia-like spice, which warms the chest and tingles the lips, but which soothes the throat, instead of burning. Juniper is subtle, if not painfully shy, though a pine taste is left on the tongue long after the gin is supped.
It’s delicious and beyond interesting and in our opinion needs no dressing up; the flavours are so well balanced and the journey so intentional that to use a garnish would send all that hard work skew whiff. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t mix Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin though; its flavours are such that it would be delightful in both a Martini and a French 75, so you should definitely push it to its limits in that respect. Gin Foundry(.com)
Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin is an intriguing floral/herbal contemporary styled gin that may be divisive. I think fans of contemporary styled gins— in particular ones like Martin Miller’s Gin or Hendrick’s— will find a lot to like about this one. Others may find it too challenging as a house pour to be their go-to. If you buy Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin for it on its own or for what it does well, you’re in for a treat. Recommended. --The Gin Is In(.com)