Nothing describes the home of this Gin better than the brand name itself – Wild Island.
Based on the picturesque Scottish isle of Colonsay, Wild Island have been creating pretty stunning Gin.
It comes form the same creators of Colonsay Beer, and has wowed customers and critics alike. They have even won awards for their packaging.
They really do capture the uniqueness of the island in their spirit and the bottle it comes in.
The bottle is curved and features a watercolour design inspired by scenes from the island itself. I would buy this Gin for the bottle if nothing else.
The brand has recently released a new expression called Sacred Tree. This refers to the traditional use of a sacred tree calendar in Scotland, with the bramble being the tree that represents September.
Sacred Tree is made with Autumn fruits and the bramble in particular.
It has a total of 22 botanicals, which include juniper, coriander, angelica, orris root, cassia bark, cinnamon bark, nutmeg, liquorice, mediterranean sweet lemon peel, tangerine peel, and 12 that were gathered on Colonsay itself; brambles, elderberries, redcurrants, rowan berries, rosehip, crab apple, lemon balm, wild water mint, meadowsweet, sea buckthorn, heather flowers and bog myrtle.
That’s a lot of botanicals, but they come together to make a really interesting and complex Gin.
The nose opens with lots of earthy notes and big bold tones of citrus fruit. There is a lot going on here.
It has a homely feel to it that comes from the warmth of cinnamon and the sweetness of the coriander.
It tastes clean and fresh, with a naturalness that is simply brilliant.
The palate is equally as bold. It has lots of juniper and citrus, especially lemon. This makes for a tangy flavour with a lovely bite to it.
Again, there is a delicate sweetness behind it all, especially coming from the coriander and liquorice.
Moving on, there are lots of floral flavours that tie in nicely with the earthy tones of the nose, really making the Gin come alive.
The finish is strong and fierce, with more heat from the spices and little bit of lemon to end.
This Gin is presented well and tastes equally great. Definitely one to get to spruce up the liquor cabinet and to ignite your love of Gin and Tonics all over again.