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Port Barrel Gin

Limited Edition

Port Barrel Gin (43%)

In our pursuit of new and exciting spirits, we've brought together two of our favourite tipples to create a gin like no other. Limited Edition – only 800 bottles available in each run.

We’ve rested our signature Dorset Dry gin in used port barrels from Portugal – perfectly combining dry piney juniper and herbaceous brightness with notes of vanilla oak, warm spice and sweet red fruits.

70cl
£50.00
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Tasting Notes

Botanicals

Perfect Serve

70cl
£50.00
0

Tasting Notes

Botanicals

Perfect Serve

“The nose is enough by itself - I get rhubarb and vanilla custard with of course the classic Conker dry pine juniper. My drink of choice is a classic Gin & It with a mix of sweet and dry vermouth. Try it in a bramble with some dark cocao to finish.”

James Fowler, World Class UK Bartender of the Year 2014.

Tasting Notes

It’s hard not to be biased with a gin that’s this damn good. Everything you love in a gin, met with the comfort of port and the intrigue of the oak barrel. A seriously tasty gin less ordinary.

Aroma

Dry, freshly cut pine sweetened by vanilla oak and a grape-like jamminess.

Taste

The dry juniper and herbaceous freshness of the Dorset Dry is accompanied by vanilla oak softness, subtle sweet red berry and winter spice.

Finish

Dry pine fruit bowl punctuated by crisp lime citrus.

10 carefully selected
botanicals rested in Port Barrels.

Port Barrel

Where it's from

We tracked down four oak barrels from a port house in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal – the exact location of which we have been sworn to secrecy! Before coming to us, Tawny Port rested in these barrels for three years, saturating the white oak walls blood red with its fruity contents.

What it contributes

Our Dorset Dry has extracted the port-soaked oak insides of the barrel, turning the gin a stunning ruby pink and taking our signature gin to another level of flavour and intrigue.

Flavour profile

The oak from the barrel adds a woody spice and subtle dryness from light tannins, all softened with a bourbon-like vanilla sweetness. The port extracted from the barrel wood by the gin contributes a bursting melody of forest fruits, sweet red grape and jammy redcurrant.

1/10 Juniper Berries

Where it's from

Grown in the wild in Italy, it’s not actually a berry at all; it’s a female seed cone. That’s dinner party GOLD.

What it contributes

The vital component in gin and the headline act in the Dorset Dry.

Flavour profile

Pine needles, freshly cut wood and dry spice.

2/10 Coriander Seeds

Where it's from

Grown in Sussex here in the UK.

What it contributes

A usual suspect in a London Dry, and used in the Dorset Dry in the absence of lemon peel in the botanical mix.

Flavour profile

Savoury lemon citrus and a soft Asian spice.

3/10 Angelica Root

Where it's from

Taken from the root of the Angelica plant and found growing from Syria right through to France, we’ve chosen Belgium’s herbaceous harvests

What it contributes

Works as a drying agent in the Dorset Dry, adding a bitterness that’s essential to its classic, London Dry gin foundation.

Flavour profile

The tannins give a woody, slightly perfumed earthy dryness similar to black tea.

4/10 Orris Root

Where it's from

Grown all over the world, this heady botanical is taken from the root of the irresistible Iris flower.

What it contributes

Used less for its flavour and more for its trickery in binding and enhancing flavours, giving longevity to the gin.

Flavour profile

Floral sweet Palma Violets. Earthy, dusty and woody, very similar in fact to Angelica Root.

5/10 Cassia Bark

Where it's from

Taken from the bark of the Cinnamomum aromaticum tree, we source ours from Indonesia.

What it contributes

Cassia bark adds a layer of sweet spiced complexity to the Dorset Dry, bridging the gaps between the piney juniper and the bold citrus melody of coriander seed, bitter orange and lime.

Flavour profile

Think sticky Danish or cinnamon swirl - earthy warm spice, with a sweetness similar to liquorice.

6/10 Bitter Orange Peel

Where it's from

The fertile soil of the great orange-growing empires: Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt and India, depending on yield.

What it contributes

Welcoming notes of warm rich sweet citrus that round off the spice and heat from juniper and cassia bark. This comforting orange is paired against with the bright, crisp punctuation of fresh lime peel.

Flavour profile

Thick-cut Seville marmalade, molasses and orange liqueur.

7/10 Fresh Lime Peel

Where it's from

Whilst you’ll find limes growing across the world, the juiciest and most lip-smackingly delicious live in Mexico and Peru… good old South America.

What it contributes

Subtle when neat, yet when diluted with tonic the lime peel jumps forward, self-garnishing the drink with a refreshing lime zest bite. Clawingly dry, moreish and inviting.

Flavour profile

Clean and crisp lime zest, refreshing dry pithiness.

8/10 Marsh Samphire

Where it's from

Can be found growing along the wild and wonderful Dorset coastline.

What it contributes

Once distilled the salt is left behind in the still, adding to the Dorset Dry only the luscious & herbaceous green notes akin to green tea and a remarkable caramel sweetness.

Flavour profile

Sea saline, burnt caramel, green tea, cut grass, earthy herbaceous.

9/10 Gorse Flowers

Where it's from

Handpicked by our Conkerers in the heart of Dorset.

What it contributes

Lifting the Dorset Dry from its classic, London dry foundation bringing a subtle floral sweetness and cut straw - once perfectly described as a ‘yellow brightness’

Flavour profile

Clean nectar sweetness, camomile, fresh coconut and nectarine.

10/10 Elderberries

Where it's from

Our last batch was sourced from Bulgaria, but we go where the harvests triumph.

What it contributes

The last botanical to join the Dorset Dry recipe – cooling blue fruit that calmed the peaks and troughs of our botanical recipe. A good nose can pick out a lingering jammy finish of the Dorset Dry.

Flavour profile

Cool blueberry, jammy, blackberry hedgerow

Perfect Serve

'PORTO G&T'

This gin deserves nothing less than to be sipped over a few big chunks of ice in your favourite tumbler. Add tonic to that equation and you have one of the tastiest G&Ts we’ve ever encountered.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Port Barrel Gin
  • 200ml classic Indian tonic water
  • Grapefruit or orange peel

Method

Simple but oh so sublime – fill your glass with ice, pour over the Port Barrel Gin, top with tonic water and finish with your garnish. Whack some Bon Iver on and set aside the rest of your day. It’s time to indulge.

Cocktails

“Conker Port Barrel Gin - Dreamy days in Lisbon. MPW x”

Marco Pierre-White, chef and restauranteur

Awards

2019 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition Packaging Design BRONZE

2019 – London Spirits Competition BRONZE

2019 – Taste Of The West GOLD