Citadelle Old Tom Gin
A very interesting release from the Citadelle Gin range, made by adding some caramelised Caribbean brown sugar to their cask aged Citadelle Réserve, and then age it a little longer.
Alexandre Gabriel’s challenge was to set it in context by starting from a base of a popular gin of the 19th century. In the course of his frequent travels in the Caribbean, he discovered a marvelous brown sugar, like Demerara, moist and heavy. It was the missing ingredient. This sugar is toasted in copper cauldrons for a first stage of caramelization, then lightly thinned and finally alcoholized.
No age statement
Nose: fresh and forceful, the attack reveals juniper, orange zest and cardamom, then it becomes more floral and vegetal, with jasmine and honeysuckle and notes of fennel and cumin, and almost sweet, with coffee.
Mouth: full and elegant, with a sweet and sour profile of preserved lemon zest, génépi, anise and almond, lengthening to spicy notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and cubeb pepper.
Finish: lovely length, floral, spicy and woody, with notes of coriander, violet, angelica, cumin, grains of paradise, and licorice.