Robert recently reviewed 6 O’Clock Gin’s London Dry expression — and its canned G&T — but today we’re looking at the Bristol-based operation’s “export strength” expression, dubbed Brunel.
The gin isn’t just a higher-strength version of the London Dry, it’s also got six added botanicals on top of those in the London Dry: green cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, cassia bark, cubeb pepper, and lemon. And yes, it’s bottled at a higher proof.
Let’s give it a try.
The nose of the gin is moderately herbal and on the savory side, its earthier angelica and orris notes taking center stage. There’s ample juniper here, but less than you’d think, with a light pepper note that keeps you on your toes. On the palate, there’s a nice nutmeg kick up front that folds some gentle sweetness into the proceedings at just the right moment, with cinnamon and orange peel melding nicely thereafter. Again the juniper elements are restrained but present, those piney, herbal elements folded into a complex but cohesive whole. Aromatic on the finish, it’s complex and bright and never a disappointment, bringing in a touch of red berry that offers a new viewpoint that only enhances its sense of balance. Herbal, fruity, bittersweet, spicy — this is a versatile gin that has it all.
A / $39 / 6oclockgin.com