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40% ABV. (750 ML.)
Place of Origin: UK
Bulldog Gin may be “English,” but the botanical blend and influence are from a vastly different part of the world.
The Longan (or more dramatically Dragon Eye) is a small fruit similar to a Lychee native to Southeastern Asia. Believes to have a relaxing character in traditional medicine, it’s also common in modern Asian cuisine in soups and desserts. Lotus Leaves are another traditional medicine said to keep one’s heart-healthy. The leaves are often drunk as if a tea. And then there’s Poppy. More than just a bagel topping, it has healing abilities as well.
There’s an unusual juxtaposition of branding and ingredients. While many brands might double down on the botanicals’ Asian provenance, Bulldog Gin instead cloaks it all in austerity and defiance. The Bulldog is an icon of British determination.
Bulldog is distilled on a base of triple-distilled British wheat base, pot-distilled and then bottled at 40% ABV.
The nose is slightly floral with lavender, juniper, and a bit of citrus. Some lime and a bit of sweet orange zest.
The palate, despite the bounty of Asian botanicals, reads more clearly in the traditional spirit. Heavy with angelica, especially mid-palate, the juniper is piney at first and a bit astringent towards the finish. Quiet floral notes whisper but remain as a distant backdrop.
The finish has a bit of astringency again, rather medium-short in terms of flavour, it tapers quickly leaving a faint, slight alcohol ringing in the recesses of the palate.
The spirit is rather mild, but also somewhat thin. Rather than coating the tongue and evolving, it fades rather quickly.