The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge that tells of a dark and twisted sea voyage, complete with ghost ships, an encounter with death and the not-so-elegant execution of an albatross. Even those unfamiliar with Coleridge’s poem will have met the proverbial albatross at some point in their lives, so widely featured is it in the English language.
Ironically, given Lewis’ decision to create an un-perfumed gin, Ancient Mariner Gin has a fantastically pretty smell. It’s light and crisp, with a thick, sappy juniper cutting through, bringing a spiky, purplish pine smell to the nose.
In simple terms, it’s delicious to taste. Juniper forces its way ahead of the other three botanicals and leads throughout. Coriander seed joins with a bright, citrusy heat and angelica brings an oily sweetness. The savory doesn’t come through until the finish, wherein it brings a leafy, vegetal end.
Read Gin Foundry's full review here: Ancient Mariner Gin