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Fynoderee Spring Gin - 70cl - 43% ABV


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There is something about island life that lets a little mystery remain. Sure, the internet has us all connected and it isn’t exactly difficult to get to the Isle of Man these days, but somehow, despite modernity making its insidious creep, the local people still have time for a good old fashioned fairy tale. And this, readers, is the tale of Fynoderee Gin, albeit with less fairies and more graft.

Husband and wife team Tiffany and Paul Kerruish just so happen to share their surname with the star of an old Manx tail – Kitty Kerruish. Kitty’s story is a long, mad, slightly rambling one that involved fairies and fairy courts and dashing princes and, ultimately, our sweet heroine dying because she makes the foolish mistake of falling in love. Gross. Kitty’s tail takes place at her family home – a pretty little cottage at the top of Glen Auldyn in the north of the island. The modern day Kerruish clan stumbled upon the story when researching the island’s flora, as its setting is currently home to a very interesting conservation project…

Fresh coriander explodes across the tongue, bringing that bone-dry soap hit. There’s a real hint of lavender here, too. The mouth is saturated by a waxy coating, and while this is less piny than the Winter edition, something about it feels slightly more successful, flavour wise. It’s less overwhelming and more nuanced.

With tonic, the sweetness from the gorse is given so much room to wriggle that you can almost taste the pollen flying out of it. It’s sweet and light, a G&T designed to drunk at the 7 o’clock golden garden hour, where the sun is low and the booze is required. Those more traditional gin botanicals poke through, too, but they’re not aggressive, rather they just serve as a gentle reminder as to what’s been going on the whole time.