When Professor Cornelius Ampleforth locked himself in his laboratory back in 2011, surrounded by a myriad of wonderful botanicals, fine spirits, countless bubbling beakers and a set of lion-esque eyebrows, nobody could have imagined the wonders that would be produced.
Starting with the award-winning cold-compounded Bathtub Gin, he then turned his attention to creating an extraordinary spiced rum.
Following that, he ventured out into the wild and brought back masses of sloe berries to pack into his Sloe Gin.
After a brief jaunt into 19th century London the Professor was inspired to create Old Tom Gin.
"What else could there be?!" How about a Cold-Distilled Absinthe at 91.2% abv produced in a rotary evaporation still?!
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Tasting Set Includes:
- Bathtub Gin
- Christmas Mulled Cup
- Old Tom Gin
- Cold-Distilled Absinthe.
Nose: Initially Juniper-rich, this is backed up with a solid backbone of rich grain spirit. Cardamom and orange blossom are evident with a suggestion of Cinnamon.
Palate: More Juniper, but the earthier botanicals make themselves known in the initial palate too. Mouthfeel is exceptionally viscous and creamy.
Finish: The Juniper subsides and gives way to the Cardamom and Cinnamon, with a late resurgence from Orange Peel.
Christmas Mulled Cup:
Nose: Mulled spices galore! Christmas aromas of clove oranges, cinnamon , warming ginger, port, nutmeg and fresh orange peel as well with a suggestion of vanilla from the brandy.
Palate: Quite thick and is led by the very finest fresh orange peel supported wonderfully by those rounded Christmas spices once again.
Finish: Gorgeous orange peel lingers with allspice and creamy nutmeg before a warming ginger finale.
Nose: Intense, sweet vanilla and flamed orange zest. Yet more sweetness comes from the juicy, fresh cinnamon, which melds beautifully with a core of the essential oils of orange peel.
Palate: Mix of thick cut bitter orange marmalade and tingling, zinging spices. Hints of Manuka honey and mouth-watering cinnamon with molasses, candy floss, toffee apples, crème brûlée and clove-studded oranges.
Finish: A long finish, with spice and a stunning degree of freshness as the cinnamon, orange and creamy, sweet vanilla.
Old Tom Gin:
Nose: Fruity and sweet on the nose with pronounced botanical notes. There is a good citrus element to it too.
Palate: The light sweetness seems to add body to this, and helps develop some of the juniper and orange flavours.
Finish: Clean with a touch of pepper.
Nose: Very light and fresh. Lemon, aniseed and fennel.
Palate: Anise is well controlled, allowing the other botanicals to appear in their own right.
Finish: Long and lingering, but with freshness still the watchword.