6 O'clock Brunel Gin - 70cl - 50% ABV

£43.40

In June 2017 (this is the last decade leap, we promise), Bramley & Gage added to the range with a higher strength version of 6 O’clock Gin: the Brunel Edition. The regular botanicals – juniper, coriander, angelica, orris, savory, elderflower and orange peel – have been joined by green cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, cassia, cubeb and lemon. The alcohol content has been bumped up to 50%, so it’s an overall spicier affair than the soft, citrusy 6 O’clock Gin.

6 O’clock Gin Brunel Edition is of course named for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, an engineer considered one of the most ingenious figures in the history of engineering. He built steamships, dockyards, bridges, tunnels and the Great Western Railway in his 53 short years.

On the Nose, the Brunel Edition has a much dustier smell than the distillery’s flagship gin, with the cumin, cardamom and nutmeg in particular lending a dried, distinct spice rack smell. An underlying lemon sweetness comes through, and there are fleeting floral glimpses, like a tinge of honeysuckle on a summer’s breeze.

To taste, there’s an earthy angelica/cardamom sweetness that combines with the early citrus as well as a slight hit of anise up front, followed swiftly by dry, deep spices. Juniper makes its presence felt throughout holding the gin very firmly in place, but cumin and cardamom lead the way in terms of discernible spices. Coriander seed does its best to extend the impression of citrus onto the finish, which is as one might expect given the botanical line up, dry, spiced and enduring. It’s worth noting that for the ABV (50%), it is remarkably smooth.

This makes for a fantastically multi-faceted G&T.

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