Irish craft distiller Glendalough has released the last in its range of seasonal gins, called Wild Autumn Botanical Gin.
Every release starts with a core of six botanicals – juniper, coriander, angelica root, orange peel, bitter almond and orris root. With the help of a local forager, Geraldine Kavanagh, local and seasonal botanicals are added, resulting in a similar botanical mix over the years for each season. Wild Autumn Botanical Gin incorporates plants such as heather flowers, meadowsweet, yarrow, fraughan berries, and many more.
It’s suitably autumnal, with ripe citrus fruit and some herbal, minty notes, leading to a warming, zesty palate with citrus sweetness balanced by a brisk, pleasingly bitter finish. It’s a bit of a no-brainer if your cocktail list itself is seasonal. Because the only thing better than foraging is getting someone else to do it for you.
Four of those seasonal gins are released per year. Look out for the Winter variant, whose botanicals are currently being foraged. It'll hit backbars early February.
41% abv, £39.99-£49.99/70cl, Lightbox Brands, 020 3239 2939