Pickering’s “at the old Royal Dick” gin bottled and 57.1% – the official gin of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (hence the bearskin).
The previous navy strength bottling was 57.0% abv, as they say: “Still fluffy, now 0.1% stronger.”
Nose: Huge waves of fresh juniper and dried peels. Incredibly vibrant. Slightly vegetal – sugar snap peas?
Palate: Fragrant mandarin and rich, earthy orris. The bumped-up ABV brings exotic spiciness to the fore after a few sips.
Finish: Liquorice root, black pepper and a touch of cumin powder.