martin miller's westbourne strength ginMartin Miller’s Gin is a London Dry Gin that hit the market in 1999. It’s composed of botanicals including juniper berries, citrus peels, coriander, licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg and more. It’s distilled in London before being shipped off to Iceland where it’s cut to strength with spring water. The gin is bottled at two strengths: 40% ABV and 45.2%. The latter is known as Westborne Strength.

Martin Miller is the entrepreneur behind his eponymous gin. He is, among other things, an author and hotel owner, and in the late 1990s he decided to create a new gin – quite an endeavor in the midst of a vodka-saturated market. The result was Martin Miller’s Gin, and later, Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin.

On the nose, Westbourne Strength is soft and citrusy, with hints of juniper and spice. Take a sip and taste more juniper and lots of orange, plus a peppery and herbal background. The mouthfeel is thick and silky, but then turns toward a dry spiciness during the long finish. Overall it’s complex, fairly-well balanced and bursting with flavor.

In cocktails, the Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength does just fine. It’s nice in a martini and great in a gin and tonic. The pronounced spice made my Aviation seem a bit off, but that same spice–plus the orange notes–worked well in a Negroni. If cocktails aren’t your thing, simply drink the gin over ice with a grapefruit peel. It’s refreshing and, though quite potent, still very quaffable.

– 45.2% Alcohol by Volume
– $30

CE Rating: ★★★★

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