GSN Review: Whitley Neill Handcrafted Gins

Whitley Neill Gin was created by Johnny Neill, a direct offspring of a long line of distillers, whose patrimony stretchings back as far as the Baobab trees found in Africa today. Inspired by his family’s sense of undertaking, Johnny strove to create his own signature harmonize of Gin: a tribute to his English distilling heritage, and a homage to the ambiguous attractivenes of his wife’s African homeland. The develop is Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin; a distinctive Gin that combinations classic Gin botanicals with tropical African botanicals to create a liquid with a flavor as unique as its heritage.

Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin (8 6 proof) Visual: Clear. Nose: Lightly sweet and overlaid with a close-fisted harmonize of citrus and juniper. Taste: Mild and crisp with a soft London Dry style that fades into a somewhat acrimonious finish. Finish: Medium long. An roughly tannic spice at the tag end. Overall: A perfect gin for a Martini or a G& T. GSN Rating: B+

Whilst the majority of members of Johnny Neill’s inspiration for his award-winning Gins comes from his ancestor’s intrepid manipulates abroad, this Rhubarb& Ginger Gin listens from fond memories established slightly closer together. Post-war, the Whitley Family , now settled into agricultural England near Daresbury, prepared their garden with stimulating flavors, serving as inspiration for both the counter and surely their experimentation with brand-new Gins. Johnny’s recent Gin conjures infancy rememberings of inspecting his grandparents on their raise by taking a firm Whitley family favorite in rhubarb and residence a warm twist on this with the additive of fresh ginger.

Whitley Neill Rhubarb& Ginger Gin (8 6 proof) Visual: Clear. Nose: Fruity, somewhat spicy and relatively summery. Appetizing. Taste: Quite sweet and much needed with a rhubarb flavor. The gin lends a medium sum of heat that is actually works hand-in-glove for the overall effect. Finish: A berry-like finish that gone on for quite awhile. Overall: I could approximately imbibe this on it’s own were it not for the high proof. A really lovely and unique gin. GSN Rating: -A

A anger for uncovering ranges through all eight generations of the Whitley Neill family tree. So it’s perhaps fitting that while honeymooning in the beautiful Sicilian countryside, Frederick Neill and his new wife fell in love all over again, this time with the colourful, zesty spice of Sicilian blood oranges. Employing his finely-honed distilling proficiencies, Johnny strove to create a gin recipe that would conjure the caches of that Sicilian honeymoon. And it’s this recipe that led to the creation of Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin.

Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin ( 86 proof) Visual: Clear. Nose: Orange omnipresent with a much more reticent juniper character. Taste: The orange spice comes through somewhat artificially and the gin itself is quite sweet. That said today, this is one of the few orange gins on the market and it is one that will work for those obscure concoctions that call for it. Finish: Medium long with the orange flavor retaining it’s stigmatize for several minutes. Overall: I had hoped for a more fresh and natural flavor, but overall there is nothing erroneous with this entry. GSN Rating: B

At the turn of the century, Frederick Neill encountered himself on a travel through Persia, where he discovered a range of exotic result, herbs and spices to add inspiration to the Greenall Whitley family’s collection of Gin recipes. While there, he was surprised to discover quince fruits growing in the ancient mountains. And it’s the unmistakable sweet tang of Turkish quince, blended with a heady mingle of Persian herbs and spices that applies Whitley Neill Quince Gin its peculiar taste.

Whitley Neill Quince Gin (8 6 proof) Visual: Clear. Nose: More of a juniper snout than the previous three gins. The quince is quite subtle. Taste: A tart and somewhat apple-like flavor from the come move. Oddly, the juniper seems to be almost non-existent. Regardless, this is a very nice gin that evades for experimentation. Finish: Medium. Most of the flavor dissipates rather quickly. Overall: I’m reminded of some German apple schnapps. An interesting heart. GSN Rating: B

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