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Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Look for subtle fennel, licorice and sage notes on nose and palate, with a gentle, refreshing exhale that hints at lemon and lime peel.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Gin Is In
  • Excerpt: Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin seems to wear many hats at once. Juniper-notes, floral-notes and spice-notes come in seemingly three separate waves. The palate is distinctly green in character and I’d characterize it overall as incredibly plant-based. Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin is somewhere between the herbal world and the floral world.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Many so-called “new wave” gins try very hard to bury the juniper or distract from it. Glendalough instead achieves a unique balance of flavors, and while that nuance could perhaps use a few additional proof to stand up in a Gin and Tonic, it nevertheless rivals some of the better UK gins out there.
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  • Intro:

    Produced using wild botanicals that are grown and picked near the Glendalough distillery, this entry for the Ginvitational is a craft gin from Ireland - a rare non domestic product in the lineup. Small batches are the name of the game for Glendalough, as each of these bottles comes from a 250 liter or less batch. Let's dive in.

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    Wild and grassy, tons of character that reminds me of fresh prairie grass, anise, strong juniper, a hint of orange peel and coriander.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel but sweet and buttery. Peach, lovely pepper, a hint of herbal sweetness and juniper mingle nicely with each other.

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    Long finish with plenty of spice. Quite a bit of character on the finish here, highlighting a lot of notes that I liked best from the palate, notably the grassy character and some light fruits.

  • Overall:

    Quite enjoyable. Despite a thinner mouth feel than I'd like, this managed to impress plenty well with a unique palette of flavors. There's a lot going on in this one, and I'm encouraged by this expression. I'll pick up the rest and write about them in due time.

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