Review: McQueen Batch 1 London Dry Gin
Price: $36.67 for 500ml or $4.01 for 30ml
In 2015, Vicky and Dale McQueen founded the Trossachs Distillery in Callander, Scotland. Before opening their distillery Vicky was a chef and baker, and Dale was a mechanical engineer. The McQueen's distill six different gins: Super Premium Dry Gin, Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin, Sweet Citrus Gin, Chocolate Mint Gin, Smokey Chilli Gin, and Mocha Gin. The McQueen Batch 1 London Dry Gin takes a classic gin botanical mix (probably juniper, coriander, angelica, cassia, orris, and cardamom) and adds in orange peel and cocoa nibs.
Nose: The nose is a very pleasant combination of citrus and juniper. Underneath the top notes is an aroma like black iced tea or perhaps cucumber.
Palate: The palate is very smooth and pleasant with a note of chocolate and orange peel up front. As the flavor develops in the mouth, notes of juniper and orris root shine through.
Finish: The finish is mild and warm with notes of milk chocolate, orange and juniper.
Conclusion: McQueen Batch 1 London Dry Gin is a nice gin that would work well in a martini or gin & tonic. Overall the chocolate flavor is very mild and seams to add to both the structure and the mouth feel of the gin.