Distilled in London at Thames Distillers, Fords Gin is a
collaboration between 8th generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell and Simon Ford of The 86 Co. The gin, a mix of 9 botanicals, starts with a traditional base of
juniper & coriander seed and is balanced by citrus (bitter orange, lemon & grapefruit peel), florals (jasmine flower & orris) and spices (angelica & cassia). The botanicals are steeped for 15 hours before distillation in 500 litre stills.
The 86 Co. tested the recipe in classic gin drinks before finalising their formula. Its style is aromatic, fresh and floral with elegant notes of orange blossom in a harmonious blend with citrus and juniper.
Juniper, coriander and angelica root up front with developing layers of citrus, jasmine, and hints of vanilla
in the back. Very pleasant on the nose, bright, and aromatic.
Front of Palate:
Light sweetness on tip of the tongue. Gentle introduction of the botanicals to follow. Notes of orris and angelica roots.
Prominent mid-palate presence, with juniper oils on the center tongue and full aroma on top palate. Citrus oils
excite the side palate beautifully. Under tongue stays dry yet animated. Excellent mid-palate structure to serve as base for mixing.
Body or Mouth Feel:
Medium body with rather fresh mouth feel.
Long, lingering finish of grapefruit rind and juniper with a balance of the floral notes.
| Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points (Apr 2014)
Soft juniper leads with supplementary notes of black pepper. The palate is soft and floral with bursts of bright citrus and complex spicy undertones