Appearance: Clear, with an ever so slight cast of colour from the Madiera barrels. Leaves a thin clear coat on the glass that then goes to legs then droplets.
Aroma: Juniper and citrus notes lead the way to a complex layering of aromas. There is a subtle bouquet of baking spices, plums, and caramel. The ageing characteristics are present, yet delicate, and very pleasant on the notes despite being higher proof.
Palate: A slight sweetness at the tip of the tongue reminiscent of raw honey with citrus oils to complement. Multilayered notes of botanicals and spices make for a sophisticated mid-palate. The prominent juniper and coriander notes are accompanied by a slight nuttiness, orange peel, and fig. Finishing with the slightest undertone of ginger.
Finish: A harmonious and lengthy finish showcasing the vibrant notes of orange peel, honey, and walnuts.
Ford’s Gin Officers Reserve
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Over-proof gin was traditionally reserved for the officers of the British Royal Navy, and was virtually always stored in casks. Characteristics from the barrel undoubtedly would have imparted to the potation, despite the short period, as gin would never last very long. Fleet ageing, accompanied by the punch of being over-proof, would create a more robust and flavourful spirit. This plausible logic inspired the team at Fords Gin to embark on the “Journeys in Gin” project, with Fords Gin Officers’ Reserve as the Maiden Voyage and additional expeditions on the horizon. 54