Do you like flowers? Have I got a gin for you!
Atrium Gin — one of three gins from Nevada’s Bently Heritage — is made with 10 botanicals. At first blush, everything seems fairly straightforward and traditional, the botanicals including juniper, lavender, orris root, chamomile, cardamom, grapefruit zest, angelica, gentian, lemon balm, and orange peel. Of those, only lavender and chamomile leap out at you — and in short order we’ll see that they do even more so on the palate.
The nose is immediately perfumed and floral, lavender stealing the show right away albeit with a light edge of citrus evident. Lots of linen notes fill the glass, never dissipating over time. The palate doubles down, offering a flowery character that almost comes across as soapy and laundry-room-like, with both lavender and chamomile making a big impact. Again, this flowery character never really fades at all, completely overwhelming the other characteristics of the gin. Citrus and even juniper are relative no-shows against the floral onslaught, leaving room for just a hint of herbaceousness, maybe driven by the cardamom and gentian, on the finish.
This gin didn’t much resonate with me, but fans of heavily floral spirits — and I know you’re out there — may feel differently.
B- / $49 / bentlyheritage.com