Eau de Vie- Pruneau d’Agen

More from our fab artisan guy in Monflanquin. Prunes are not usually on my favourites list but they are a speciality of the region. It’s no surprise then that there’s an Eau de Vie on these lines from the area and we have an oak aged one to try. It’s certainly on the more unusual side for me but here’s my thoughts.

Eau de Vie- Pruneau d’Agen

On the Nose:

The Eau de Vie is a lovely light golden hue and a lovely fruity inviting nose. There’s red fruit, then a nuttiness and raisiny quality that really leaps out the glass.

Palate:

The first thing in the mouth is a sweetness and a really full mouthfeel. The fruit on the palate is dried with raisin and fig notes. There’s also tobacco and a very slight smokiness.

Finish:

Long finish thats smooth with the fruit and nut notes remaining.

Good to mix or over ice with some water.

My only criticism is that it’s a very tight wax seal and a cork closure so opening is a bit awkward. However for more information

www.alambic-ambulant.fr

 

Back to whisky next week!

Rhum 47- Artisan Offering on National Rum Day

I had the good fortune to holiday this year near Agen in southerly France. As well as enjoying the 35 degree warmth I was able to visit a few local villages and in Monflanquin stumbled across an artisan distiller- Olivier Buisine. It would be rude not to have got a couple of things from there and today it’s the turn of his Rhum 47.

Rhum 47- 47% abv

On the Nose:

Acetate notes and pear drops are the first things through on the nose. There is an almost tequila like agave nature to the Rhum as well as very slight coconut content but overall estery and interesting.

Palate:

The rum gives off good pear drops and combines this with a fuller mouthfeel. The coconut note comes though more clearly but overall it’s pretty clean on the palate.

Finish:

A slight alcohol burn on the finish but fairly clean with the pear drop and coconut notes dissipating.

Good to mix or over ice with some water.

For more information

www.alambic-ambulant.fr

 

www.pickeringsgin.com

Todays tastings are from the lovely people at Pickering’s who are no doubt surrounded by the artists of the Edinburgh festival at their home in Summerhall. We’ve gone for their traditional standard gin (the red top one) and gone back in time a bit to their Original 1947 (the orange top one).

Pickering’s Gin 42% abv

On the Nose:

Fresh and lively juniper is the lead on this- almost on piney level. It’s blended with  citrus notes, lemon and lime and there is a bit of spice in the background.

Palate:

The juniper quietens on the palate quite a bit and the fruit and spice take centre stage. The cardamon and fennel come through and there is a nice clove giving some warmth.

Finish:

Reasonable in length with a lime ending for me.

Pickering’s go with a grapefruit garnish and I can see the attraction of adding a bit more complexity to the citrus.

 

Pickering’s Original 1947 42% abv

This gin was made to stay as true to the 1947 recipe as possible.

On the Nose:

Wow- spice me up like a girl band. There is a real depth to this one and there is a real concentration on the spice element. There is a greenness on the nose with the coriander coming through. After that warming notes of rich darker spice. The juniper is there but you have to go looking for it a bit.

Palate:

Gorgeous Christmassy notes- lovely clove, cardamon and cinnamon really well balanced and structured with a touch of sweetness. It’s getting on for a mince pie in a glass.

Finish:

Good length with woody notes of cinnamon.

Pickering’s go with a orange garnish for this and that compliments the spice mixture. However I think there’s a bit of fun here to be had with your mixers as well so give this a go with ginger, root beer or even cream soda.

Available from:

www.pickeringsgin.com    www.masterofmalt.com