Cuckoo Gin - 70cl - 43% ABV
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Cuckoo Gin is a family affair, based upon Gerard and Cath Singleton’s farm in Brindle, Lancashire. Using a half made/half bought neutral base spirit, the team go to greater efforts than most to make their gin, from sewing the seeds to harvesting the wheat and barley that they then transform into the spirit base.
This means that the gin is flavoured long before the first juniper berry has been plucked, as home made base spirit always has a faint air of cereal about it – some nutty, sweet notes that add power to the overall botanical mix.
There’s a hearty spice to the nose here, but the addition of oat as a botanical has added a creamy softness to the tongue, meaning that this is never harsh. Juniper is a constant present, though it evolves with each second, eventually burnishing bright at the end as it conspires with a strange, rocket-like spice. Peppery and punchy, this is one for those who like their gins bold.
To serve: Elderflower tonic and a sprig of rosemary.