I've been trying out different gins for martinis recently, moving away from Bombay Sapphire to Boodles, Plymouth and Hendrick's. I just picked up a bottle of Blue Coat and have to say this is magnificent stuff.
First, the aroma is delightful. You pick up citrus, even orange blossom scents, perhaps a whiff of rose hips, and plenty of spice. The first taste hits you with this same profile but without being fruity or vegetal like say, Hendrick's, which has that in spades. It is a much "hotter" gin than Bombay Sapphire, in a good way.
The end is pleasantly warm, spicy, but still manages to be smooth. The balance of this gin is superb.
It's so good you'll be tempted to drink it straight. Try that at first, but don't miss the greatest reward of this gin, which is a straight forward martini with a twist.
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