Hayman’s baseline London Dry Gin is a blend of 10 botanicals, steeped for 24 hours before undergoing a distillation on Marjorie, their copper pot still. Truly a family operation, their line of spirits connect the centuries old family recipe book with modern invention.
Juniper at first on the nose, quite classic, but a structured spice backbone creates depth and complexity. Angelica, coriander and a bit of citrus. A little intense on the nose with a touch of ethanol as well; however, the aroma itself is quite nice. The palate has a distinctive creaminess to it, with a thick, rich viscosity. The base spirit itself has a nice texture, but it’s the flavors which make it. First a bit peppery, with juniper and lemony citrus fading into a long rich finish of pine-laden juniper, orange zest, pumpkin pie spice and licorice adding a hint of faint sweetness. Hayman’s London Dry Gin’s peculiar creaminess might its most distinctive character. The botanicals are richly colored, and balanced with a slight deference to citrus; however, still it feels nicely crafted and classic in construction.