Know a dad who likes martinis? Well, save some money and blow his mind with this combo of exquisite gin (Costswolds Dry) and an incredibly well-made vermouth (Dolin Dry or Dolin Blanc). Father’s Day special: $61.99 for both bottles!
COTSWOLDS DRY GIN: Tasting Notes from ‘THE GIN FOUNDRY’
Fresh grapefruit citrus and floral lavender bursts forth, slapping us right round the nostrils. It’s dominating, but juniper is clearly discernible in the shadows, bringing a pine forest feel and a deep, resinous quality feel.
Sweet grapefruit, lavender and angelica tickle the tongue, but black pepper takes a somewhat Fifty Shades of Grey approach here, dominating all other botanicals and lighting a fire in the palate. Juniper and lavender fight through on the finish; the juniper is strong and medicinal, while the lavender brings a floral-herbal hybrid taste.
Cotswold’s Dry Gin has a genuinely tasty and intriguing flavor journey. The black pepper and lavender bring a really unique element but it never strays away from being a classic, juniper-heavy gin with a refreshing kick and a characterful and endlessly oscillating sweet-spice duality. That high oil content comes into play on the mouthfeel too and at 46%, it’s smooth enough to sip neat.
“What a gin! It stands out from the crowd with its slight opalescence and hints of fennel and aniseed, and has been a big hit since its launch” (Suzy Atkins, The Telegraph). Cotswolds Gin is crafted using a tailor-made hybrid Holstein still (above)
DOLIN VERMOUTH DE CHAMBERY, BLANC AND DRY
Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Blanc
Served on the rocks with a twist of lemon, it has a wonderfully complex taste, herbal but more sweet than medicinal. It tastes like a meadow full of wildflowers, refreshing and pure. And each small sip carries so much interest you tend to drink it more slowly than a glass of wine to make it last. The recipe (and the firm) dates from the 19th century. Basically, Dolin vermouth is white wine steeped in as many as 54 plants and herbs (including wormwood, hyssop, quinine bark and rose petals) for some months. The difference between more commercial vermouths and this one is quite dramatic. Try it in a martini with a twist of lime to enhance the herbal character of the gin and to tone down the pepperiness - a nice surprise for any martini drinker.
Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Dry
Unlike Martini’s dry vermouth, Dolin’s is almost colorless. Why does color matter? Well, you can make a crystal clear martini and still get a hint of vermouth. Despite the subtle color, there is nothing subtle about the aroma. There is a strong blend of pear, oak, herb, citrus and spice notes. The taste is seemingly light at first, but once the vermouth coats the tongue, the herbs and spices blossom and cover the entire mouth. Towards the finish you get a hint of citrus and pear with a long lasting oak aftertaste along with some warmth. Unlike Martini’s dry vermouth, this one is very dry, so don’t go looking for a hint of sweetness. Hence perfect with an olive to make the classic martini.